McCully 'back in business'

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Last updated 13:22 29/07/2014

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Foreign Affairs Minster Murray McCully says he is pleased to be "back in business" after no deal was made on his East Coast Bays electorate.

Prime Minister John Key yesterday ruled out doing a pre-election deal with the Conservative Party in the electorate.

McCully said the announcement was not a surprise, as he and Key had discussed the matter over "many months".

"The prime minister indicated the decision would be made by a small group of ministers of whom I'm one, so I've not felt a lack of inclusion in the process at all."

He refused to be drawn on whether he would have stepped aside in the electorate if Key had asked him to, saying he was happy to let it rest as the prime minister had already made statements on his expectations.

"What I can say is I've always worked pretty hard for my constituents and it would have been difficult for me not to be running as a constituency candidate."

McCully also would not speculate on whether Conservative Party leader Colin Craig would pose a challenge to his retaining the seat.

"I've just simply tried to work as hard as I can during the electoral term and then I think the campaign tends to sort itself out."

McCully has held the East Coast Bays seat since 1987.

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