Peter Dunne (born 17 March 1954) is a New Zealand politician, Member of Parliament and leader of the United Future political party. He effectively became an Independent MP after his United Future political party was deregistered on 25 June 2013. He has been an MP since 1984, representing the centre-left Labour Party in Parliament from 1984 to 1994, and a succession of minor centrist parties from 1994. He served as a Cabinet minister while in the Labour Party and has since done so in governments dominated by the the centre-right National Party as well as by the Labour Party.
From 2005 to 2008 he held the posts of Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister of Health as a minister outside of Cabinet with the Labour-led government. After Labour suffered an election defeat in 2008 to the National Party, United Future was reduced to having Peter Dunne as its sole MP. However, in a deal between United Future and National, Dunne retained his two portfolios outside cabinet. Have you voted for or against Peter Dunne ? He was a minister outside Cabinet in the Fifth National Government from 2008 until his resignation as minister on 7 June 2013.
Dunne sees himself as a centrist and generally describes his policies as based on moderate liberalism and common sense. He strongly supported the decriminalisation of homosexuality when it became an issue in the mid 1980s, and has consistently favoured more liberal drinking laws.. In a 2008 interview, he suggested it may be time to review New Zealand's abortion laws and leave the decision to a woman and her doctor, based on informed consent.
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