Dalziel officially resigns from Parliament

05:41, Sep 17 2013
Lianne Dalziel
PRESENTATION: Lianne Dalziel posted a snap of her penultimate day in Parliament with new leader David Cunliffe on Twitter.

Lianne Dalziel has sent her letter of resignation as an MP to the Speaker of the House as she prepares to farewell Parliament tomorrow.

The Christchurch East Labour MP is quitting the role to run for the Christchurch mayoralty.

This afternoon, she tweeted a copy of the letter, which effectively ends her 23-year parliamentary career.

Lianne Dalziel
GIVING NOTICE: Lianne Dalziel's official letter of resignation, as posted on her Twitter page.

Dalziel told The Press she was excited and sad about ending her time as an MP.

She has been helping pack up her parliamentary office today and preparing to farewell staff and colleagues.

New Labour leader David Cunliffe presented her with a silver tray during today's first caucus meeting under his leadership.

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Dalziel said she was now focused on her next challenge - running to become mayor of Christchurch.

She will give her valedictory speech in Parliament tomorrow from 5.45pm.

Her resignation takes effect from Friday, October 11, the day before the local body elections.

Labour will pick its candidate for the Christchurch East by-election on Saturday. Six people are vying for the spot.

The Press