Chris Bishop has been selected by National as its candidate for the Hutt South electorate.
. . . Chris was born and raised in Lower Hutt, attending Eastern Hutt School and Hutt Intermediate. He has worked in both the private and public sector, as well as contributing to the community as President of the New Zealand Schools Debating Council. He was the 2006 Young Wellingtonian of the Year.
Chris holds a first class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University, and has been admitted to the bar as a Barrister and Solicitor. He is a skilled debater and public speaker, having won ten intervarsity debating tournaments, including at the Cambridge Union and Sydney Union.
Chris worked as a researcher for National in opposition before spending two and a half years working as a Ministerial Advisor to Hon Gerry Brownlee. Between 2011 and 2013 he lived and worked in Auckland as Corporate Affairs Manager for Philip Morris New Zealand, before returning to Parliament to work as a Senior Advisor to Hon Steven Joyce.
Some commentators have seized on the fact this is the second candidate who’s worked for Philip Morris and suggested a conspiracy, but National’s record on anti-smoking initiatives show there is nothing to worry about.
Prime Minister John Key isn’t worried about National putting up two former tobacco lobbyists as election candidates.
“Not in the slightest,” he told reporters.
“Look at the government’s record – we’ve done everything from changing point of sale rules to substantially increasing tobacco excise, and we’ve got a plain packaging bill in parliament.” . . .
I’m anti smoking to a point infinitesimally short of bigotry but have no concerns that should one or both these candidates become MPs there will be any change in National’s efforts to reduce smoking.