Cabinet minister David Clark is set to announce he’s retiring from Parliament at the next election, Newsroom understands.

Clark was elected to Parliament in 2011 and has held the electorate of Dunedin North (now Dunedin) since then.

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In 2017 he became a minister under Jacinda Ardern’s government, holding the health and associate finance portfolios.

He was demoted from health during the thick of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, after controversy over breaking lockdown rules when he went mountain-biking and took his family to the beach, against Government rules.

After a period out in the cold Clark returned to Cabinet after the 2020 election, where he now holds the portfolios of commerce and consumer affairs, digital economy, and state-owned enterprises.

Clark has most recently been the face of the Government’s response to the supermarket duopoly and a market study into building supply materials.

Jo Moir is Newsroom's political editor.

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