Rakaia MP Brian Connell is leaving parliament early to begin work in Brisbane.
Mr Connell had advised Speaker Margaret Wilson that he was resigning as an MP as of August 31.
The MP is suspended from the National caucus as a result of challenging former National leader Don Brash about an alleged affair. He had hoped that new leader John Key would allow him back into the fold, but it never happened.
He said he was going to work for a multinational consulting company for a “substantial” salary” and the move was in the best interests of his constituents.
A by-election is not necessary because the vacancy occurs within six months of a general election.
It wasn’t what Connell did but the way he did it that was wrong and Key was right not to reinstate him. That sent a much-needed message that MPs whose actions damage the party have no place in caucus.
However, Connell’s behaviour since Key became leader has been exemplary and he’s found himself a good job in the real world.
Contrast that with Georgina Beyer who announced her resignation but didn’t step down for several months so she continued receiving her parliamentary salary over the summer break. In that time she was rehearsing for a play at the Fortune Theatre but she pulled out just before opening night leaving the theatre with the costs. And now she’s complaining because her former colleagues haven’t appointed her to a well paid job.