Article Title:Georgina Beyer to quit politics
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:5th March 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2241
Text:The world's first transsexual MP, Georgina Beyer, is to quit Parliament at the end of this term. This is the second time Ms Beyer has announced an intention to leave the political realm, but this time she's serious, saying she is perhaps too soft for the job, although she was more than capable of feistiness in the debating chamber. “I probably encapsulate for many people the whole term PC. Against all the odds I'm a kiwi battler who was supported by other kiwi battlers [who said] she's got a bit of cheek, let's give her a go,” she says. “I'm upfront, I'm honest and that isn't always appropriate for Parliament unfortunately.” Ms Beyer says she has bought a home in Carterton and intends to continue living in Wairarapa. In future, she will probably be involved in performing arts, films and television. She will also accept speaking engagements on the international circuit that she had been offered, but has had to turn down, until now.    
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