Roy tipped to quit Parliament

Invercargill MP Eric Roy has been tipped to quit at the next election by political newsletter Trans-Tasman.

However, he said he has not made a decision on retirement.

Mr Roy, 64, has been in Parliament since 1993, first as MP for Awarua.

In 1996 he became a list MP after failing to win the new seat of Invercargill, but recaptured the city in 2005 and has held it since.

He spent the 2002-05 cycle out of Parliament after National's election disaster.

Trans-Tasman's annual ranking of MPs was released this week.

Mr Roy scored 5/10, better than last year's 4/10.

The newsletter describes him as an "affable bloke" who had carried out his Deputy Speaker role with "care, competence and diligence".

Clutha-Southland MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill English lost one point, dropping to 7.5/10.

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean was praised as a good speaker in the House who would be hoping for promotion, although Trans-Tasman said there could be better candidates.

Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene, in his first term in Parliament, scored 3/10.

The newsletter says he was still trying to find his feet and the jury was out on his future prospects.

The Southland Times