Coleman quits, by-election in Northcote

Jonathan Coleman obviously doesn’t want to be in opposition, he has up and quit and caused a by-election in Northcote.

National MP and former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has called time on Parliament, sparking a by-election in his Auckland seat.

The party’s number six has been offered a significant opportunity to run a private sector health company.   

Coleman, the MP for the safe National electorate of Northcote, has announced he’s resigning from politics and is expected to make his valedictory speech in the next couple of weeks.

His resignation comes only a couple of weeks after his colleague, Steven Joyce, also decided Opposition politics wasn’t for him.

Coleman came into Parliament in 2005 and under the National-led government held ministerial portfolios including, state services, defence and sport and recreation.

In 2014 he became the first doctor in 70 years to hold the health portfolio.


I really can’t stand MPs who stand for electorates then up and quit causing by-elections when things don’t suit them.

He’s gone for the money which tells me he was never in politics for anything other than himself. He couldn’t be the leader so he’s grabbed another trough to sup at.

Will be interesting to see who puts their hands up for that safe seat.




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