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The current Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister of Infrastructure of New Zealand.


Bill English Biography



Simon William "Bill" English (born 1961) is the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister of Infrastructure of New Zealand.


Political career

English entered parliament in 1990 as a National party MP representing the Wallace electorate. In 1999 English served as Minister of Finance for a brief period until National, under the leadership of Jenny Shipley at the time, lost the election later that year. In October 2001 he replaced Shipley as the leader of the National Party, but after a disastrous result in the 2002 election he was replaced as the leader by Don Brash in October 2003. After Don Brash's resignation in November 2006 he became deputy leader of the party under John Key, becoming the Deputy Prime Minister after a November 2008 election victory.


English became Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and Minister of Finance in the Fifth National Government, being sworn into office on 19 November 2008. English was the first and only Minister of Infrastructure for a single term of parliament.


English has opposed abortion, voluntary euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, civil unions, and the decriminalisation of prostitution.




updated: 2013-09-09

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