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National’s Northcote MP Jonathan Coleman has announced today that he is stepping down from politics to take up a new role in the private sector as CEO of Acurity Health Group.

“It’s been a huge privilege to serve as a Member of Parliament for the past 13 years, nine of them as a Cabinet Minister. I have greatly enjoyed my time as a Member of Parliament, and am proud of the work I’ve been involved in, both as a Minister and as the MP for Northcote.

“I especially wish to thank the people of the Northcote electorate for their support over those years.

“I also feel fortunate to have had a long and stimulating career as a Minister and to have worked closely with two great Prime Ministers in Sir John Key and Bill English.

“I was not looking to leave Parliament, but received an unsolicited approach from Acurity. It’s a very exciting opportunity that utilises my skills and draws on my background both outside and inside Parliament.

“It is clear to me that it is the right time to embrace this unique offer as I look to a future beyond politics.

“It’s also a great chance for the National Party to bring strong new talent into the team as the party builds towards the 2020 election in two and a half years.

“I wish to acknowledge and thank Simon Bridges and wish him and my caucus colleagues well on their path back to the Treasury benches,” Dr Coleman says.

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