More renewal in National and Labour clings to Clarkists

Eric Roy has announced his retirement and parliament loses a proper hunting and fishing red blooded bloke.

I remember Eric Roy telling an audience how he’d been cured of his cancer by Helen Clark. He’d seen her at the airport and she came up and gave him a hug and a peck on the cheek. At his next oncologist appointment the cancer had gone. He credit Helen Clark for sucking the cancer out of him…by her mere touch.

Two decades after he was first elected to parliament, MP Eric Roy has announced he will not stand for re-election at the end of this year.

First elected in 1993, Roy said he had been humbled and privileged to serve Southland.

He served as an elected member for one term in 1993, before the seat of?Awarua?was dissolved leading into the 1996 election.

He remained a listed member for National party, where he said he spent two terms serving many electorates in the lower South Island. ??

In 2002 he lost the race to be the elected member for Invercargill, but in 2005 won the race and has held the seat to date.

“It has been a privilege to be part of a wider group of Southland leaders and to see Southland grow and achieve one of the lowest unemployment levels in the country,” he said.

Meanwhile Labour goes into the election with Phil Goff, Annette King and Trevor Mallard lead by another Clarkist former minister David Cunliffe.

No renewal from Labour and plenty of new faces for National. Labour continues to show they are unfit and not ready for government.