Key: Email leak more 'cock-up' than conspiracy

Key: Email leak more 'cock-up' than conspiracy

The Prime Minister is laughing off the leak from his caucus of an email about a flag change meeting, saying it's more likely a "cock-up" than a conspiracy against him.

Newshub was given two emails about a meeting hosted by minister Maggie Barry for other National MPs to meet in her office to discuss "flag change campaign initiatives" following a caucus meeting this week.

An email was sent to 32 of 59 National MPs and only around 10 shows up.

The email leak is the first to come out of the National Party in its eight years in government.

Addressing media in Auckland and wearing his alternative flag pin today, Prime Minister John Key said isn't reading too much into it.

"In my experience in life, there's cock-up and conspiracy. People often go for conspiracy, and overwhelmingly it's cock-up.

"It was hardly the most secret thing in the world. Firstly, Maggie got up in caucus and said 'I'm going to hold a meeting and anyone who wants to come, they're welcome'.

"I'm personally not that bothered by it. It'll be what it'll be."

He said MPs meet for a number of reasons and a number of issues and could give "dozens" of examples including euthanasia.

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