Nicola Willis (politician)

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Nicola Willis

MP
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Willis speaking in 2017
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National Party list
Assumed office
3 April 2018
Preceded by Steven Joyce
Personal details
Born
Nicola Valentine Willis

(1981-03-07) 7 March 1981 (age 38)
New Zealand
Political party National Party
Spouse(s)Duncan Small
Children4

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Political career

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2018present 52nd List 48 National

Willis contested at the 2017 election as National's candidate for the electorate of Wellington Central. [3] She was number 58 on the list and based on preliminary results, she would enter parliament. However final results revealed that National went down two seats whilst the Labour and Green parties increased by a seat each. [4] Willis was second in line should there be a vacancy in a list seat held by a National Party MP during the 52nd New Zealand Parliament, and following Bill English and Steven Joyce's resignation in March 2018, Willis along with Maureen Pugh entered parliament. [2]

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Willis was appointed National's spokesperson on early childhood education by leader Simon Bridges. [5]

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References

  1. "Declaration by Electoral Commission That Nicola Valentine Willis is Elected a Member of Parliament". 3 April 2018.
  2. 1 2 Tess Nichol (6 March 2018). "Nicola Willis National's newest MP". Newstalk ZB.
  3. Vernon Small (5 March 2017). "National chooses Nicola Willis for Wellington Central seat". Stuff.
  4. "Meet NZ's newest MPs: Green's Golriz Ghahraman and Labour's Angie Warren-Clark". 1 News. 6 October 2017.
  5. "Bridges unveils team to take on Ardern-Peters Govt". Scoop.co.nz. 11 March 2018.