‘Inspired’ Nicholas returns

Tuesday April 09, 2019 Written by Published in Politics
Tina Browne and Albert Nicholas were sworn in as Members of Parliament yesterday, together with Agnes Armstrong the new MP for Ivirua. The two MPs had a laugh together and enjoyed the moment. 19040845 Tina Browne and Albert Nicholas were sworn in as Members of Parliament yesterday, together with Agnes Armstrong the new MP for Ivirua. The two MPs had a laugh together and enjoyed the moment. 19040845

With a reignited desire to help his community and people, Albert Nicholas took the oath of allegiance in Parliament yesterday, pledging to bring more good changes in his second term as Avatiu-Ruatonga-Palmerston MP.

 

Nicholas was one of the three MPs sworn in the first parliamentary sitting of the year yesterday.

The other two were Opposition Democratic Party leader Tina Browne, who is the MP for Rakahanga, and Ivirua MP Agnes Armstrong.

Nicholas, the former Internal Affairs minister, had an unforgettable last few months, including his up-and-down health. He had come under scrutiny for missing Parliament after last year’s general election.

He also made headlines for wrong reasons but now he is determined to clear his name and deliver in the job he has been voted for.

“At one point I was contemplating about maybe it’s time for me just to move on and do other things but with unanimous support from my community, they pretty much talked me out of it,” Nicholas said.

“There was even comments being made that I still had a lot to offer - and I do - but it was just trying to find the inspiration to do it. I think I got the inspiration when I decided go back in the club and help the club out through (rugby) league.

“I think through that process I have really got super inspired to get myself back up and get back in Parliament and try to make some good changes.

“I’m in a good space at the moment and it looks like things will get better than this.”

Ivirua MP Armstrong said she was also looking forward to representing her people.

At one stage in Parliament, she sat with tears in her eyes. Her late husband Tony Armstrong was the former MP for Ivirua and she won his old seat in a by-election following his passing.

Talking with the CI News during a break she said: “It is bitter sweet in a sense. I mean Tony had a lot to give and it’s a big loss to the country as a whole and to myself and my family. But more so to the country as he wanted to give to people. He was a very giving person.

“Yes it was quite emotional today when it was mentioned and I want to thank the prime minister for acknowledging that and I hope I can carry on Tony’s good works.”  

Democratic Party leader Browne said she was excited with the challenge of leading the Opposition in Parliament.

“I think it is going to be a challenging time for the Opposition as a whole. I’m very proud to be leading our team being a woman and of course we have four women in our line up so I’m very pleased about that as well,” Browne said.

“In the next few days and probably few months, I expect that there would be some huge challenges.”

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