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National Party Leader Simon Bridges says he is saddened by the passing of former National MPs Katherine O’Regan and Tony Steel this week.

“Katherine served as a National MP for 15 years and as a Minister for six.

“She was a gentle person with huge strength of character and real concern for people who made a significant contribution to New Zealand and the National Party during her career both in and outside of Parliament.

“Tony Steel was an All Black, educator and National Party MP.

“His enduring passion for education saw him make a notable contribution both as an educator, including as principal of Hamilton Boy’s High School and as chair of Parliament’s Education Select Committee.

“My thoughts and those of the National Party are with Katherine and Tony’s family and friends.”

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