Watch: Christopher Luxon speaks as new National Party leader

  • 30/11/2021

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Christopher Luxon is speaking publicly for the first time since being elected as the new National Party leader to replace Judith Collins, who was ousted last week in a vote of no confidence. 

It came after Collins released a late-night media release announcing she had demoted Simon Bridges - who was rumoured to be eyeing up the leadership - over an allegation of "serious misconduct".

It turned out it was National MP Jacqui Dean who, about five years ago, complained to then-Deputy Prime Minister Bill English about comments Bridges made in front of her and other colleagues.

Bridges said it was "desperate" of Collins to release the statement about him. He said he had already apologised to Dean, but acknowledged the comments he made in front of her were "inappropriate".

Newshub revealed Bridges was running for the leadership, but on Tuesday he announced on Twitter he'd pulled out of the race after meeting with Christopher Luxon, the former Air New Zealand CEO and first-term MP who is set to become the next leader. 

Newshub's Tova O'Brien was told from within the caucus that Collins had corralled her small number of loyal supporters into backing Luxon over her nemesis Bridges. 

The National Party confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Luxon had been elected as the new leader, with Nicola Willis as his deputy. 

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