Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
MP for Mt Albert
13 February 2018
Statement on Bill English
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today paid tribute to outgoing National Party Leader Bill English.
“Bill has worked tirelessly as Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister, and Opposition Leader among his
many public roles. Very few serve for so long at such a high level, but garner the respect of many.
“He has always stood for what he believes in. He is a man of clear convictions who has always had a genuine concern for
the well-being of New Zealanders, and gave a huge portion of his working life to serving on their behalf.
“The impact of public service on a politician’s family cannot be understated. In the 27 years Bill served as an MP, with
the support of his wife Mary, his children were born, and grew up. They have made great sacrifices so he could do his
job to the best of his ability.
“I wish Bill and his family all the best for the future,” says Jacinda Ardern.