Paul Foster-Bell to quit

Paul Foster-Bell has announced he is going to step down at the next election.

National list MP Paul Foster-Bell will stand down at the election, after pulling out of the candidate selection race for Wellington Central.

Mr Foster-Bell, a former diplomat, first entered parliament in 2013, replacing Dr Jackie Blue.

“Today I informed local National Party members that I am withdrawing my name from consideration for selection in Wellington Central, and that I will not seek a place on National’s list for the 2017 general election,” he said. ?

A contest for selection will only distract National, he says.

“Serving as a member of parliament has been a distinct honour, but now is the right time for me to pursue other opportunities,” Mr Foster-Bell says.

He will be backing National’s Wellington Central candidate.

As the National Party representative on the Cross-Party Rainbow Group, Mr Foster-Bell was a vocal critic of Brian Tamaki’s homophobic comments last year.

Wellington Central is held by Labour deputy leader Grant Robertson, who is also a gay MP.

I’m not surprised that Paul is stepping down. He was attacked by a former boyfriend using his current boyfriend Lloyd Burr from Newshub in a rather shabby fashion.

No one needs that sort of blackmail and behaviour even if they are an MP.

The stupid thing was almost everyone knew Paul was gay, so it was a rather nasty little attempt.


– NZ Newswire