Williamson leaves room for new IT face

Following the National Party's suspension of Maurice Williamson, the party is tipped to appoint an official spokesperson on IT.

Following the National Party’s suspension of Maurice Williamson, the party is tipped to appoint an official spokesperson on IT.

Williamson, since his days as Minister of IT in the last National government, has been regarded by many in the industry as unofficial spokesman for the field, even when he moved to the opposition benches. But he has never been a formal spokesman, says an IT-experienced party official.

“Maurice never accepted the portfolios, so when we had an issue we tended to use Tony Ryall, who is reasonably tech literate,” the official says. Lockwood Smith has also been known to front up on IT matters.

“There will be an announcement in time” on an official IT role, the official says.

The party has had several communications spokespeople in recent times, including John Luxton and Alec Neill.

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