COMMENT:

National Party leader Simon Bridges will have heaved a few sighs of relief at the latest 1 News Colmar Brunton poll.

The biggest of these will have been to see the National Party up at 45 per cent, well clear of the 40 per cent mark now seen as the trigger point for trouble for Bridges.

There will also have been a quiet sigh of relief that Judith Collins had not gained any further ground against him.

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The poll delivered precious little by way of a gain to Bridges himself – he managed to claw his way back up

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