From the Herald:
Act party president John Boscawen has confirmed John Banks won’t seek re-election in 2014.
A statement from Mr Boscawen was posted to the Act party website 15 minutes before he and Mr Banks were due to hold a press conference at Parliament.
The announcement comes after the High Court ruled Mr Banks would have to stand trial on electoral fraud charges next year.
The charges relate to donations Mr Banks received from Kim Dotcom and SkyCity which were declared as anonymous in the electoral return he signed for his 2010 Auckland mayoralty campaign.
Mr Boscawen says Mr Banks decided it was “time for him to spend more time on his family and his private business interests.
“In the meantime, John will continue as the MP for Epsom and Leader of ACT.”
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