COMMENT:

Aside from Judith Collins, there are five other viable contenders for the National Party leadership, writes Matthew Hooton. Here, he assesses their merits.


Simon Bridges still has a good chance of remaining Leader of the Opposition until the election.

This is not because National MPs support him but because they cannot agree on his successor. They know that if they roll him, the only credible replacement with the party and public right now is Judith Collins.

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Talking with today's National MPs, one can almost hear the echo of British Conservative MPs 79 years ago: "Yes of course we'll lose

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