National Party members have selected Paul Foster-Bell as their candidate for Wellington Central.
The National Party has announced List MP and former diplomat Paul Foster-Bell will be its candidate for the Wellington Central electorate at the 2014 General Election.
Mr Foster-Bell was selected by a meeting of local party members tonight.
“Paul was an outstanding candidate in 2011 and has made an excellent contribution as a List MP based in Wellington and the Hutt Valley for the past ten months. I congratulate him on his selection,” said Lower North Island Regional Chair Malcolm Plimmer.
Mr Foster-Bell says he is delighted to have been selected again in Wellington Central, and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“I’m deeply honoured to be selected as National’s candidate for Wellington Central and look forward to taking National’s positive message to the electorate, seeking to further increase our party vote here in particular,” said Mr Foster-Bell.
“National is delivering real progress for Wellingtonians. I’ve been proud to support the Government’s work to improve our region’s transport networks, fund landmark projects such as the National War Memorial, invest in a cleaner environment, and deliver significant improvements in healthcare and education.
“I will be working hard to ensure Wellington Central retains a strong voice in
John Key’s National Party.”
Paul Foster Bell – Biographical Notes
Paul Foster-Bell is currently a National List MP, entering Parliament in 2013 after a distinguished career in foreign affairs. He was promoted to Deputy Chair of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee earlier this year.
Raised on a farm in Northland, Paul was educated at Whangarei Boys’ High School, went on to study archaeology and business at Otago University, and took courses in history at Oxford University.
Paul’s entry into politics followed an exceptional diplomatic career, including roles promoting trade and protecting New Zealand’s national interests as Deputy Head of Mission in Tehran – also accredited to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He served most recently as Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Chancery at the New Zealand Embassy in Riyadh. Paul has also worked on investment, national security, protocol, and Middle East and Africa affairs at MFAT’s head office in Wellington.
Paul was a Young Nat in Dunedin when I was the party’s Otago Electorate chair.
He stood for the party in Dunedin South in 2002.
He is a good example of someone prepared to take on a red seat to help the party then gain work experience before returning to politics.