Deputy Prime Minister Bill English has announced he is stepping down as the MP for Clutha-Southland after eight terms but will seek re-election next year on National's list.
English said the demands of representing one of New Zealand's largest electorates required considerable travel and time away from his family.
"I have therefore decided that it is a good time to strike a better balance between my family and government commitments," he said today.
"It has been a privilege to represent the electorate since 1990 and I have particularly enjoyed working for my constituents.
"I will continue as MP for Clutha-Southland until the election next year. I am strongly committed to the re-election of a John Key-led government in 2014 and to my roles as deputy prime minister and minister of finance. We have made considerable progress since our election in 2008 and there is still plenty of work to do."
English said he met with his electorate committee in Gore today to tell them of his decision and thanked his constituents and staff.
"I will continue to take a strong interest in issues affecting Southland and Otago and I'm confident the National Party will provide strong representation for the area into the future," he said.
Whangarei MP Phil Heatley announced today he would be standing down at the next election while list MPs Cam Calder and Chris Auchinvole, Hunua's Paul Hutchison and Napier's Chris Tremain have already announced they would not be standing again.
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