McClay gets the nod as Bridges promotes tourism to front bench

Todd McClay

New National Party leader Simon Bridges has taken the tourism spokesperson job off Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean and given it to Todd McClay.

The move sees the role return to National’s front bench and pitches McClay, ranked number five in the party’s caucus, against tourism minister Kelvin Davis.

McClay is the MP for Rotorua and was also associate minister of tourism in 2014 next to then tourism minister John Key so is expected to bring some knowledge of the industry and its issues to the role.

He is also National’s foreign affairs and trade spokesperson.

McClay takes over tourism from Dean who lasted four months in the job after being appointed to the role in November by Bill English. Dean, ranked 18 in National’s caucus, retained her local government and small business spokesperson roles.

In his reshuffle of caucus roles, Bridges appointed Selwyn MP Amy Adams finance spokesperson and made Papakura MP Judith Collins housing minister.

“The team I have announced today also reflects the strength and talents of the women in our caucus, with three in the top five positions, and eight in the top 20. And they are there on merit,” said Bridges yesterday in statement announcing his appointments.

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson is the environment spokesperson and Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie takes on conservation. Whanganui MP Harete Hipango is Māori tourism spokesperson.

All 56 of National’s MPs have been given roles. Click here to view the full list of the party’s caucus spokespeople list.

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