The Press reports that “Christchurch Central MP Tim Barnett has announced he will not stand as a candidate for any seat in the general election.”
At the end of October, Labour MP Barnett announced he would not stand for the Christchurch Central seat again.
Now he has withdrawn entirely, saying he will not put himself forward for the party’s list of potential candidates for seats around the country.
“When I announced my departure from Christchurch Central, I left open the possibility of a list nomination. Many have encouraged me to pursue that,” he said.
“However, there are exciting horizons for me beyond Parliament and I am keen to explore them.”