National leader, Bill English, is calling time on his political career.

This comes at an announcement yesterday that English gave himself surrounded by his National colleagues.

“I’ve decided that now is the right time for me to step aside from the leadership of the National Party.”

His wife Mary and sons were there and he also expressed his feelings about his family.

“Most importantly I want to thank my family, Mary and our children - Luke, Thomas, Maria, Rory, Bart, and Xavier - we just bought the tallest ones along today. Your strength and tolerance have enabled my career. I now look forward to our new life together.”

English first entered parliament in 1990.

When National became the government in 1996, English was named Minister of Health.

English eventually rose to Minister of Finance and Deputy PM positions.

In 2016, he was appointed as PM of New Zealand.

Both the government and National alike have sent their compliments to him, including PM Jacinda Ardern.

“My focus today is just actually acknowledging Bill English's enormous contribution - not just to parliament, but to New Zealand. There are very few people who serve for as long as he has and served so well, so he deserves to be acknowledged and so does his family.”

Now, National is a party looking for a new leader.

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