National MP Hamish Walker has announced that he will not be standing for re-election for the Southland electorate at the upcoming 2020 election.

The backbencher MP had been behind the leak of Covid-19 patient details to media.

“I wish to thank the people of Clutha-Southland who I have loved meeting, assisting and representing over the past two and a half years.

“I sincerely apologise for my actions,” he said in a statement.

He said he would be making no further comment.

rnz.co.nz/news/political/420754/covid-19-privacy-leak-mp-hamish-walker-announces-he-won-t-stand-for-re-election

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