Eric Roy retires from politics

02:05, Jan 14 2014
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Then National Party leader Don Brash and Invercargill candidate Eric Roy talk to students at Southland Girls' High School in Invercargill in 2005.
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Eric Roy in 2005 talks with supporters during his campaign launch.
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National candidate for Invercargill Eric Roy and his wife enjoy a cuppa at the Te Anau Rodeo in 2005.
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Eric Roy and "Cardiff" the family Corgi in 2004.
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Senior Constable Alan Glennie and Eric Roy surrounded by dross in the Bluff P&O building in 2003.
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Eric Roy (red) takes a punch from Tim Shadbolt (blue) during bout 10 of the Fight for Kidz charity boxing bout at Stadium Southland in Invercargill in 2003.
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National's Eric Roy presses the flesh with Labour Party supporters after conceeding to Labour MP Mark Peck at the RSA Bowling Club in Invercargill on Saturday night in 2002.
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Mike Mika, left, Eric Roy, Inky Tulloch with Suzanne Prentice during the 'Blokes only Breakfast' in the Civic Theatre, Invercargill, in 2007.
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Invercargill MP Eric Roy with his coopworth ram 5069 that he declared as an election gift in 2007.
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Eric Roy during the duckshooting season in 2006.
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New Invercargill MP National candidate Eric Roy celebrates his election win over Wayne Harpur at party headquarters in Invercargil with party members in 2005.
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MP Eric Roy in 2010 checking out the Eltroxin medication for Thoyroid sufferers displayed by Chemist Allan Campbell, Pamela Anderson and protesters out side the National Party office in Dee St who want its cost lowered.
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Eric Roy receives a congratulation visit from Lesley Soper, Labour, on election night at the National Party office in Kelvin St in 2008.
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Trish Fraser presents the Stop the Tunnels petition to Invercargill MP Eric Roy on the steps of Parliament House in 2012.

Two decades after he was first elected to parliament, MP Eric Roy has announced he will not stand for re-election at the end of this year. 

First elected in 1993, Roy said he had been humbled and privileged to serve Southland. 

He served as an elected member for one term in 1993, before the seat of Awarua was dissolved leading into the 1996 election.

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Invercargill MP Eric Roy has announced his retirement from politics.

He remained a listed member for National party, where he said he spent two terms serving many electorates in the lower South Island. 

In 2002 he lost the race to be the elected member for Invercargill, but in 2005 won the race and has held the seat to date. 

"It has been a privilege to be part of a wider group of Southland leaders and to see Southland grow and achieve one of the lowest unemployment levels in the country," he said. 

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Roy said he wanted to make clear that he still had a year to serve and was looking forward to the challenges ahead. 

The National Party has not yet announced when it will take nominations for the general election.

Roy said he would not be part of finding his replacement. 

"There is a process and I will leave it up to that," he said.

 

The Southland Times