National party leader announced he will resign as National’s party leader and leave parliament at the end of this month.
Bill English said “Now is the right time for me to step aside and from the leadership of the National party and embark on new professional and personal challenges.”
Bill English has held several leadership positions including Health Minister, Finance Minister and more recently as the Prime Minister (after John Key stepped down).
He believes he leaves National Party is good hands after he resigns and that there is plenty of talent to carry on and lead the National Party to 2020.
On hearing the news, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden tweeted that she wished him and his family well and thanked him for his service to country.
Over the next few weeks we will find out who will become the new leader of National.