Shadow Cabinet reshuffle shows National Party 'home of talent' - Simon Bridges

National Party leader Simon Bridges says reshuffling his shadow Cabinet was a seamless process, showing the party is filled with talent.

On Tuesday, National's finance spokesperson Amy Adams announced she would retire from politics at the 2020 election, citing her desire to move on from politics and spend time with family.

Her announcement that she would also stand down as the party's finance spokesperson was followed by Bridges announcing a reshuffle of his shadow Cabinet.

Among the changes is Paul Goldsmith becoming finance spokesperson and Chris Bishop taking over Transport and Regional Development.

On The AM Show on Wednesday, Bridges said the seamless nature of choosing who to take over the roles showed National as the "natural home for talent".

"I think what it shows is that we are natural home for talent, we are able to do these things. I am able to, with someone as substantial as Amy going, reshuffle pretty seamlessly and bring forward proven talent like Paul Goldsmith and Chris Bishop," he said.

"I think we are a party of talent, of substance, of depth."

He said it also allowed promotions for those lower on the party's list, like giving MP Brett Hudson the police spokesperson role.

Adams' announcement came largely as a shock to the public, but Bridges said she signalled the move to him months ago.

"I tried to persuade her to stay. She is very close to me. I have got a huge regard to her. We are great friends. She is very talented," he said.

"Politics takes its toll and she has got a family and more things in her life."

She has been the MP for Selwyn since 2008 and took on several ministerial roles during the John Key and Bill English Governments. Bridges said Adams has achieved a lot in those 11 years.

"What happened though is we came together in 2008, so you do form a natural bond. I just think about the things she's done, whether its in broadband, where she literally rolled out ultra fast broadband around New Zealand, or in justice, she was a substantial minister."

A Government Cabinet reshuffle is also expected on Thursday. But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said the changes will be minor.


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