NZ election 2020: National MPs who've quit since last election

It's been a long two weeks for the National Party.

A new leader, a series of resignations and a caucus reshuffle means the National Party of today looks slightly different from the one Sir Bill English led immediately after the 2017 election.

Here's a look at the National MPs who have left caucus since the last election or are expected to leave at the election.

Already gone

Sir Bill English

The Prime Minister who led his party to securing the largest party vote at the 2017 election, but wasn't chosen by Winston Peters to continue in the role going forward, stood down in March 2018. He said at the time that National was "in the best shape you've ever seen - there's talent, energy, a group of people who were geared up to be the Government".

He's now working in business.

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Steven Joyce

The so-called 'Minister for Everything' also left the party in April 2018. Joyce was the Finance Minister under Sir Bill and said he had a "wonderful" time in Parliament. Despite being offered a high-ranking portfolio by incoming leader Simon Bridges, Joyce felt it was the "time for him to get a new team around him". 

As well providing policy and commercial advice, he now likes tweeting about gardening.

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Jonathan Coleman

Dr Coleman, who was Health Minister prior to the last election, forced the only by-election of this parliamentary term when he retired. He was the MP for Northcote and succeeded in the role by Dan Bidois after leaving in April 2018. Coleman left to take up a role in the private healthcare sector.

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Jami-Lee Ross

After a spectacular falling out with Simon Bridges in 2018, Ross left the National Party and is now sitting as an independent in Parliament. He is standing in the Botany electorate, which he has held since 2011.

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Christopher Finlayson

An MP since 2005 and a Cabinet minister under Sir John Key and Sir Bill, Finlayson left Parliament in January 2019. A former Attorney-General, he said he "enjoyed" his time in Parliament and was "grateful for the opportunities I have had". He considered Sir John an "extraordinary leader".

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Tutehounuku (Nuk) Korako

Korako left Parliament in May 2019. He was the party spokesperson for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Māori Development.

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Andrew Falloon

The Rangitata MP, who first entered Parliament in 2017, announced on Monday he would resign at the upcoming election. He said he had made "a number of mistakes" and that he needed to look after his mental health. It is understood Falloon allegedly sent an inappropriate image to a young woman. The police investigated but didn't take further action. On Tuesday, he stood down from Parliament.

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Leaving at the election

Alastair Scott

Scott is among the MPs who will step down at the election. He is the MP for Wairarapa and entered Parliament in 2014. Among roles he has held in opposition is customs, associate finance and forestry.

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Nathan Guy

A former Minister of  Primary Industries and Immigration, Guy - the MP for Otaki - has been an MP for 15 years. When announcing his resignation last July, he said he believed National could win in 2020. 

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Maggie Barry

Barry has been the MP for North Shore since 2011. During the previous National Government, she served as Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister as well as leading Conservation and Seniors. She said she came to Parliament with an ambition to be a "voice for the most vulnerable". 

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Sarah Dowie

Entering Parliament in 2014 as the MP for Invercargill, Dowie has been the party spokesperson on conservation and early childhood education. She was originally re-selected as the party's candidate in the seat, before announcing she was stepping down earlier this year.

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Nicky Wagner

Having been a minister for Customs, Disability Issues, Greater Christchurch Regeneration and Statistics, Wagner also announced she was stepping down at the election earlier this year. She was the Christchurch Central MP between 2011 and 2017, and has been an MP since 2005. 

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David Carter

The former Speaker of the House announced he was stepping down earlier this year, but he foreshadowed his departure back in 2018. He was Speaker from 2013 to 2017. Before that he held several ministerial portfolios like Agriculture. Carter has been an MP since 1994.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 25:  Minister for Agriculture, Biosecurity and Forestry David Carter speaks at a Wellington Young Farmers Industry Function at the West Plaza Hotel on August 25, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. Carter will be standing for the National Party for the electorate of Port Hills in the 2011 New Zealand General election, which will take place on November 26.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
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Anne Tolley

The current Deputy Speaker, Tolley announced in June that she was stepping down. She is currently the East Coast MP and has been in that role since 2005. Between 1999 and 2002 she was a List MP. Tolley has previously been Corrections, Education, Police and Social Development Minister.

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Paula Bennett

Former Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett was the party's deputy leader up until May when she and Bridges were rolled. She has been an MP since 2005, including 12 years as an electorate representative. Among the ministerial roles she held in the Key and English Governments was Social Development, Tourism, Women, Climate Change and Police. 

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Hamish Walker

After admitting to leaking confidential COVID-19 patient data last week, Walker announced he would leave politics. The MP for Clutha Southland since 2017, Walker had been the party forestry, and land Information spokesperson.  

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Jian Yang

Yang, a list MP who is best known for previously admitting to training Chinese spies, announced his resignation last Friday. He has been in Parliament since 2011 and worked as the party's statistics spokesperson in Opposition. 

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Nikki Kaye

Kaye revealed on Thursday she was leaving politics. After being deputy leader for a short stint between May and July this year, Kaye said it was "the right time for me to leave". She said "cancer has taught me that life can change in a moment and I am ready for the next chapter". In the previous National Government, Kaye was the Education Minister. She famously beat Jacinda Ardern twice in Auckland Central, an electorate that she took in 2008 and which previously had been a Labour stronghold.

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Amy Adams

Last year, Adams announced she was standing down. But after Todd Muller rolled Bridges in May, she was tempted back by the COVID-19 recovery portfolio. However, when Muller stood down, she wasn't offered the role by Judith Collins and again said she would resign. Adams has been the Selwyn MP since 2008 and held ministerial roles like Justice, Courts, Environment and Communications Minister. 

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