21 May 2014

Shane Jones bows out of politics

8:56 pm on 21 May 2014

The Labour Party's Shane Jones has given a lively and light-hearted account of his time as an MP in his valedictory speech at Parliament.

Shane Jones.

Shane Jones. Photo: RNZ

Mr Jones is leaving politics after nine years to take up a senior fisheries role in the Pacific.

The controversial MP, who was demoted in 2010 for using a ministerial credit card to pay for porn movies at hotels, didn't shy away from any difficult moments in his final speech.

Mr Jones told the House on Wednesday those moments didn't cover him with a great deal of glory, but he takes credit in never hiding from the media.

He said last year's unsuccessful leadership campaign which he lost to David Cunliffe was liberating.

"The ability to be paid and wander around for six weeks saying whatever I liked about whoever I liked in my own party."

Mr Jones told MPs it is the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new opportunity.