MPs positive about 'radical' ministerial reshuffles

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 05:00 23/01/2013

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A series of changes to the National-led Government's Cabinet announced by Prime Minister John Key yesterday contained a few surprises, Whanganui MP Chester Borrows says.

Mr Borrows, who keeps his portfolios of minister for Courts, associate minister for Justice and associate minister for Social Development and remains a minister outside of the Cabinet, said he had not foreseen the sweeping changes.

"I guess no-one really expected these moves to be so radical and if it was to happen it would be closer to the election," Mr Borrows said.

He said Mr Key had always flagged the need for new blood and fresh faces and tended to assign portfolios according to a minister's knowledge and expertise.

Mr Borrows was not disappointed he had received no extra responsibility.

"I feel that my Cabinet responsibilities suit me right down to the ground, so I'm very happy.

"I think any MP would like to have more responsibility and to work at as higher level as possible."

He believed Taranaki's three MPs served their electorates well.

"In an ideal world it shouldn't matter where ministers come from and the challenge for an member of parliament is to voice the concerns of their electorate as loudly as possible."

New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young said the newly promoted ministers were very capable and would provide fresh faces with new ideas and energy.

"I was not expecting anything nor am I disappointed," Mr Young, who chairs the commerce committee, said.

"I'm very pleased for my colleagues and I'm very committed to the work that I do in Parliament."

Mr Young said Parliament was a competitive environment and he would welcome additional responsibilities in the future.

"I think everyone thrives on responsibility."

Shane Ardern, MP for Taranaki-King Country, could not be contacted by the Taranaki Daily News yesterday.

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