Simon Bridges needed to do two things today when he fronted the news media about allegations of hacking Treasury and he did neither.

He needed to say, at least in general terms, how he received the leak of Budget of documents.

And he needed to say he had contacted the police to offer them any assistance they needed in their investigation.

Instead he fronted up with deputy leader Paula Bennett and finance spokeswoman Amy Adams and did no more than Grant Robertson did last night – hurl insults and smears and accuse the Finance Minister of lying.

Focus Live: National leader Simon Bridges on the Budget leak

Bridges strenuously denied