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Chester Borrows to stand down at election

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/11/2016
National MP Chester Borrows. © Getty Images National MP Chester Borrows.

National MP Chester Borrows won't recontest his Whanganui electorate at next year's election.

Mr Borrows entered Parliament in 2005, ending Labour's 12-year hold on the electorate.

"I had always thought that four terms would be an ideal tenure, and after talking to my wife and children, I think that the next election will be the right time to move aside and allow fresh ideas to come in," he revealed on Tuesday.

His political career included a stint as police spokesman in opposition before spending two years as Courts Minister and being appointed Deputy Speaker.

"I am particularly proud of the youth justice reforms we worked on, which has seen falling numbers of youth appearing before the courts, and recidivist offending dropping," he said.

Mr Borrows said it would be "business as usual" both in Parliament and the electorate until the election.

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