Pugh in 2014
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
for National Party list
14 March 2018
|Preceded by||Bill English|
9 February 2016 –23 September 2017
|Preceded by||Tim Groser|
|Mayor of Westland|
|Preceded by||John Drylie|
|Succeeded by||Mike Havill|
Maureen Helena Pugh
1958 (age 60–61)
|Political party||National Party|
|Independent (as mayor)|
Maureen Helena Pugh ONZM (born 1958) is a New Zealand politician who is a Member of Parliament for the National Party. She has previously served as the mayor of the Westland District.
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Pugh was elected to the Westland District Council in 1998 and served two terms before being elected as the district's first woman mayor in 2004, succeeding John Drylie.In 2007 she was returned as mayor unopposed. She stood down at the 2013 elections and was succeeded as mayor by Michael Havill.
While serving as mayor of Westland District Council, Pugh was accused of failure to declare a financial conflict of interest.
|New Zealand Parliament|
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In the 2017 general election, Pugh had a higher list rank in the National Party, and results on election night suggested National had won enough seats (58) for Pugh to return to parliament. However, the official count including special votes showed National had won two fewer seats (56) than the preliminary count indicated, meaning that Pugh was not returned to Parliament.
In February 2018 Pugh and several other "next in line" list candidates attended National's parliamentary caucus meeting to help ease their transition into parliament should they enter during the course of the parliamentary term.Following Bill English's resignation from Parliament in March 2018, Pugh was declared elected as a list MP for the National Party.
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National Party leader Simon Bridges described Pugh as "fucking useless" in a phone call with Jami-Lee Ross that Ross released on Facebook. When the recording was released, Bridges apologised to Pugh.
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Pugh and her husband John live on their farm at Turiwhate, near Kumara.She does not believe in pharmaceutical drugs, preferring chiropractic treatment.
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