26 Jan 2011

Keith Locke to retire as Green MP

7:35 pm on 26 January 2011

Green MP Keith Locke has announced he will retire as an MP at the next election, after 12 years in Parliament.

Mr Locke says he's proud of his achievements as a human rights watchdog and peace advocate.

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He hopes his efforts mean that New Zealand's anti-terrorism and security laws are not as draconian as in some other Western countries.

Mr Locke is promising to keep up the political pace right through to the election.

After he retires from politics, Mr Locke plans to write some political history including that of the Green Party and to engage more with global Green organisations.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says Mr Locke will be remembered for his dogged determination to stand up for people when others were not willing to.

He says the party will continue to stand for the values that Mr Locke has fought for.

Fellow Green MP Sue Kedgley last year announced that she will also retire this year.

They are the last remaining Green MPs from the initial seven that entered Parliament in 1999.