New National Party leader Simon Bridges got out the broom to make some sweeping changes to the parliamentary team to counter the Jacinda Ardern Coalition Government.
The team unveiled yesterday came with the claim that the National Party caucus was “brimming with energy and enthusiasm and a willingness to work in the best interests of New Zealand.”
Yet soon after the team was announced the media was highlighting some differing views between senior party members.
One of the highlights in Bridges’ selection was the elevation to the front shadow bench of Judith Collins, who had been a contender for the leadership following the exit of Bill English.
Fairfax Media said the largest fall in the shadow cabinet was Nicky Wagner who went down 18 places to 40, while the biggest gains were by Jami-Lee Ross and Sarah Dowie who both went up 19 places.
Staying unchanged were Paula Bennett (2), Kanwaljit Singh Backshi (30) and Chris Bishop (38).
The front bench and their portfolios are:
- Simon Bridges (National Security and Intelligence).
- Paula Bennett (Social Investment and Social Services, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Women).
- Amy Adams (Finance).
- Judith Collins (Housing and Urban Development, Planning).
- Todd McClay (Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tourism).
- Jonathan Coleman (Health, Sport and Recreation).
- Mark Mitchell (Justice, Defence, Disarmament).
- Jami-Lee Ross (Infrastructure, Transport).
- Paul Goldsmith (Economic and Regional Development, Revenue).
- Nikki Kaye (Education).
Sources: stuff.co.nz & odt.co.nz