Simon Bridges appears to have quelled the latest caucus ructions over the leadership in the National Party.

But both he and Judith Collins inflamed the situation.

The party leader's initial refusal two days running to explicitly say he trusted Collins appeared a tit for tat response to her refusal to say she supported Simon Bridges.


It was a position he reversed after the caucus, clearly a sign that detente prevailed.

Every leader, Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition, has to be able to say they trust and have confidence in every member of their front bench.

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