- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 12:55PM
Simon Bridges has been announced as the new leader of the National Party.
The party's caucus of 56 MPs met this morning to elect a new leader from four contenders: Amy Adams, Simon Bridges, Judith Collins and Steven Joyce. Mark Mitchell dropped out this morning.
The announcement came from the National Party's official Twitter account:
On his personal account, the new party leader wrote:
Simon Bridges, 41, has said his "focus as Leader will be ensuring we build on those policies to improve the lives of New Zealanders.
"My job as Leader will be to hold the Jacinda Ardern-Winston Peters coalition to account.
This article was first published on NZ Herald and is republished here with permission. Additional reporting by The Hits.