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Goodhew to leave parliament

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/01/2017 Sean Martin

National MP Jo Goodhew has revealed she won't stand in her Rangitata electorate at this year's election.

The decision comes just a month after she was dumped as a minister in Prime Minister Bill English's new cabinet.

Ms Goodhew says she considered the decision over summer before making the news official on Wednesday.

"I have loved every minute I have been an MP," she said.

"It's been an interesting, challenging and fulfilling career but it's now time for me to look at new opportunities."

Ms Goodhew joined parliament in 2005 and has served as junior whip before becoming a minister.

She was the only minister to lose their job in last year's reshuffle, losing the community and voluntary sector and food safety portfolios.

Previously she was minister for women and associate minister for primary industries, health and social development.

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