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National Party leader Judith Collins says the party’s defeat will give them pause to refocus, and their MPs and members will have lots to think about.
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The party lost a clutch of traditionally blue electorates and finished with just 35 seats, 21 fewer than last time. A review of the election campaign is expected to follow.
Collins said a National caucus meeting scheduled for tomorrow would be a “sad” one.
She told Morning Report it would be a time to farewell some MPs and make others coming in feel welcome.
“There’s nothing like a good old defeat to make people be very focused on what their job actually is.”
She wouldn’t say if long-time MPs Nick Smith and Gerry Brownlee should quit after losing their electorate seats.
“They’re both competent, hardworking MPs. They have been a great amount of support to me and the party for many years and I’d absolutely be happy to support them if they chose to stay, if they choose not to – it’s entirely up to them.
“I’ll actively support their decision.”
As for party president Peter Goodfellow staying on, she says that will be decided in November.
Collins yesterday revealed …
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