National’s deputy post up for grabs too

I am pleased to see that National’s deputy post is up for grabs as well next Tuesday.

National’s leadership race could be a clean sweep after it announced a vote on deputy Paula Bennett’s job.


Bennett did not stand aside at the time National leader Bill English announced his decision to retire from politics and has said she wants to continue as deputy.

But the National caucus today confirmed there would be a vote next week after a new leader is chosen.  

Bennett rose quickly up National’s ranks after being anointed as a potential future leader. But her star has fallen in recent times and Bennett has not put her name up for the leadership.

On her way into caucus Tuesday morning Bennett reiterated that she would like to be deputy under the next leader and indicated she would be happy to serve with whoever was elected.

National’s senior Whip Jami-Lee Ross said Bennett approached him last week, to say it was likely the best thing for the party if there was a fresh vote.

“MPs will self-nominate, they’ll speak to the caucus and then the MPs will vote,” he said.

It was up to the MPs how they decided to run for deputy leader, either individually or on a ticket.

It could, of course, all be moot if a deal is cut by two of the contenders. But, right now no one is wanting to take a back seat in the race.

I wonder, too, if there will be a vote for whips. That too is usual after a leadership race. I’ve heard murmurings from backbenchers about wanting such a thing, but I think that should be held a couple of weeks later after the leadership vote.

Paula Bennett is the only one who has declared. I know from sources inside Simon Bridges camp that he is offering Bennett the deputy role. I also know that Mark Mitchell has stated to numerous backbenchers that he is loyal to Bennett. So, it appears Bennett is playing a cunning game to try and stay deputy leader. That is because she mistakenly believes that whoever wins the leadership will ultimately fail and then she can rush in and save the party. Personally, I think she is deluded.



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