1 Mar 2018

English: 'I took my turn at the chisel'

4:49 pm on 1 March 2018

Former Prime Minister and National Party leader Bill English delivered his valedictory speech in Parliament this afternoon.

The 56-year-old former farmer from Dipton - full name Simon William English - was elected to Parliament in 1990 with fellow members of the 'brat pack' Tony Ryall, Nick Smith, and Roger Sowry.

He was National Party leader twice, and served as Health and Finance Minister as well as Treasurer, among other roles.

He took over as Prime Minister when John Key resigned suddenly in December 2016, and led the party into the September 2017 election where it won the 44.6 percent of the vote and 56 seats - but not enough to govern outright.

Bill English will deliver his valedictory speech in Parliament this afternoon.

Bill English speaking to media before his valedictory speech today. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

He left New Zealand First and its leader Winston Peters in the position of kingmaker, who ultimately chose to form a government with the Labour Party with support from the Greens.

Mr English announced his decision to resign two and a half weeks ago.

Bill English with new National Party leader, Simon Bridges.

Bill English with the party's new leader, Simon Bridges. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

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