Bill English

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The Right Honourable
Bill English
MP
Prime Minister Bill English.jpg
39th Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
12 December 2016 – 26 October 2017
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralDame Patsy Reddy
DeputyPaula Bennett
Preceded byJohn Key
Succeeded byJacinda Ardern
29th Leader of the Opposition
In office
26 October 2017 – 27 February 2018
DeputyPaula Bennett
Preceded byJacinda Ardern
Succeeded bySimon Bridges
In office
8 October 2001 – 28 October 2003
DeputyRoger Sowry
Preceded byJenny Shipley
Succeeded byDon Brash
9th Leader of the National Party
In office
12 December 2016 – 27 February 2018
DeputyPaula Bennett
Preceded byJohn Key
Succeeded bySimon Bridges
In office
8 October 2001 – 28 October 2003
DeputyRoger Sowry
Preceded byJenny Shipley
Succeeded byDon Brash
17th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
19 November 2008 – 12 December 2016
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Preceded byMichael Cullen
Succeeded byPaula Bennett
39th Minister of Finance
In office
19 November 2008 – 12 December 2016
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Preceded byMichael Cullen
Succeeded bySteven Joyce
In office
31 January 1999 – 22 June 1999
Prime MinisterJenny Shipley
Preceded byBill Birch
Succeeded byBill Birch
Deputy Leader of the National Party
In office
27 November 2006 – 12 December 2016
LeaderJohn Key
Preceded byGerry Brownlee
Succeeded byPaula Bennett
In office
7 February 2001 – 6 October 2001
LeaderJenny Shipley
Preceded byWyatt Creech
Succeeded byRoger Sowry
3rd Treasurer of New Zealand
In office
22 June 1999 – 5 December 1999
Prime MinisterJenny Shipley
Preceded byBill Birch
Succeeded byMichael Cullen
Member of the New Zealand House of Representatives
Assumed office
20 September 2014
ConstituencyNational Party List
In office
12 October 1996 – 20 September 2014
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byTodd Barclay
ConstituencyClutha-Southland
In office
27 October 1990 – 12 October 1996
Preceded byDerek Angus
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
ConstituencyWallace
Personal details
BornSimon William English
(1961-12-30) 30 December 1961 (age 56)
Lumsden, New Zealand
Political partyNational
Spouse(s)Mary Scanlon
Children6
Alma materUniversity of Otago
Victoria University
Signature
WebsiteOfficial website

Simon William "Bill" English (born 30 December 1961) is a New Zealand politician. He was the 39th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2016 to 2017 and the leader of the National Party. He was previously Deputy Prime Minister from 2008 to 2016.

At the 2017 general election, National won the largest share of the party vote (44.4%) and the largest number of seats (56) in the House Representatives.[1]

However, National lacked enough seats to govern alone due to two of the party's support partners, the Māori Party and United Future, losing their parliamentary seats. In response, English announced that the party would be entering into talks to form a coalition with New Zealand First.[2][3] However, on 19 October 2017, Jacinda Ardern became the next Prime Minister after Winston Peters announced he would enter a coalition government with Labour.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "2017 General Election – Official Result". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  2. Wright, Tony (23 September 2017). "Bill English reaches out to Winston Peters". Newshub. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  3. Moir, Jo (7 October 2017). "Election Results: Labour and Greens gain two seats, National loses two". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  4. Moir, Jo (19 October 2017). "Labour finally retake power after Winston Peters gives Jacinda Ardern his support". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 19 October 2017.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Bill English at Wikimedia Commons