. . . There have been reports Mr Sabin was being investigated by police over assault-related allegations, although neither Mr Sabin, the police or Prime Minister John Key would confirm that.
Mr Sabin announced in a short statement that he had decided to resign “due to personal issues that were best dealt with outside Parliament.”
He succeeded long-serving National MP John Carter in 2011. He had been a police officer then worked campaigning against drug abuse.
A resignation under these circumstances is unfortunate but it is the right thing to do.
The resignation will trigger a by-election.