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Simon Bridges has thanked New Zealand after being rolled as National Party leader by Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller. New Zealand’s main opposition party elected a new leader after a slump in opinion polls spooked its members of parliament four months out from a general election. My absolute focus as National Party Leader will be New Zealand's economic recovery. Jim Bolger has backed Muller's bid for the National Party leadership, saying his former colleague's skills and knowledge - and in particular his agri-business know-how are invaluable. [failed verification] Todd Muller and Nikki Kaye stood against the existing leader Simon Bridges and his deputy leader Paula Bennett following poor polling results.Muller and Kaye won the votes and became the new leader and deputy leader … By: Claire Trevett. 2:40pm - The new National leader has not ruled out working with Winston Peters and NZ First political party. Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller has been elected National Party leader after a bitter contest with Simon Bridges. After one of the National Party’s worst poll results, leader Simon Bridges talks to Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking. "[He] worked in my office when I was prime minister, worked with me as a councillor on the university council at Waikato.

An election for the parliamentary leadership of the New Zealand National Party took place in the National Party parliamentary caucus on 22 May 2020. Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger. Photo: … Yes, I’ve run businesses. We will save jobs, get the economy growing again and we will do so by leveraging our country’s great strengths: our people, our communities, our great natural resources, our values of hard work, tenacity, innovation and aspiration. I know the size of this task and I will bring my all to it.

The deputy leadership has been won by Nikki Kaye, who takes over from Paula Bennett. 2:37pm - Muller confirms Paul Goldsmith with continue as National's finance spokesperson.