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MP Tim Barnett will not stand in Chch again

Wed 31 Oct 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

Tim Barnett, an openly gay Labour Member of Parliament since 1996, has announced that he will not be standing for the Christchurch Central Electorate again at the next General Election. Labour MP Tim Barnett Barnett said today he is keeping all other options open for the time being, including standing as a Labour List MP next year. “In 2008 I will be 50, and will have been in Parliament for 12 years. I have a lot of ambition, and many dreams still to live. That may or may not be in New Zealand politics," he says. "To make the most of opportunities which may arise, I do need the freedom of movement which is necessarily denied to electorate MPs. To offer the voters of Christchurch Central less than 100% dedication would not be my style, and so it is better that I move on”. Barnett helped to mould New Zealand's Civil Union legislation, chaired a significant Select Committee for six years, and led the world-leading decriminalisation of prostitution through parliament. “Being a Member of Parliament is an immense privilege," he says. "I have been lucky enough to live the experience to the full. I have represented the diversity and energy of an inner city electorate since 1996 to the best of my ability, supported and represented by superb electorate office staff and volunteers." Barnett plans to Civil Unionise with his long-term partner Ramon at a ceremony in November.     Ref: Labour (m)

Credit: News Staff

First published: Wednesday, 31st October 2007 - 2:38pm

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