Seymour declines Ministerial role to continue building a strong ACT brand

David Seymour is showing he has principles and is more interested in re-building a party than the baubles of power.

Being offered ministerial positions at the age of 32 was a huge honour, Act leader David Seymour says – but one he has nonetheless decided to turn down.

“I have got to get Act’s vote up by the next election. At the moment lots of people are saying nice things…but there is only one number that counts,” Mr Seymour said of his decision.

“It is a huge honour at 32, in your first year of Parliament to be offered a ministerial post…but I couldn’t do a lot more than I am doing now if I was made a minister. Being an under-secretary is quite a useful position. Well, at least that is my judgment.”

Prime Minister John Key said he was surprised by Mr Seymour’s decision to turn down the positions of Minister for Regulatory Reform and Associate Minister of Education, but could understand the thinking behind it.


He told the Heraldthat, as well as rebuilding his party’s support, he wanted to ensure his member’s bill on End of Life Choice could progress, as “assisted dying is the kind of issue that brought me into politics”.

If he became a minister the voluntary euthanasia bill would have to be scrapped, and he was not confident any other MPs would put forward similar legislation.

Mr Seymour’s bill has not been drawn yet. The ballot could be cruel, he said, but it would be unlucky for the bill not to come up over the coming year.

You really have to admire a politician with principles like that.

Imagine if John Key realised that there are more votes in adopting the euthanasia bill than trying to change a flag then he could have a principled minister and a law change that increases his votes.


-NZ Herald

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