Not that there was much doubt about it, but Bill English was effectively confirmed yesterday as the next Prime Minister of New Zealand. His selection as National Party leader will be made official with an uncontested caucus vote on Monday.
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Bill English, who is set to become Prime Minister early next week, has unveiled an improved set of Budget surplus forecasts and plans to increase capital spending allowances by NZ$5.4 billion over the next four years.
Cabinet sources are telling media today that Bill English has a clear majority of support within the National caucus ahead of next Monday's vote.
It's game on, as they say in sports commentating, now that Bill English faces a real contest for the Prime Minister's job from Jonathan Coleman and Judith Collins.
Good morning all.
Good morning all after the ultimate bolt from the blue side of politics.
Good afternoon on the most surprising day Hive News has covered in politics.
Well that was unexpected.
Labour got a morale boost at the least over the weekend when Michael Wood beat Parmjeet Parmar in the Mt Roskill by-election with a majority of 6,518. Phil Goff beat Parmar by 8,091 votes in the 2014 General Election, although candidates from the Green, New Zealand First, Conservative and Mana parties stood candidates that got a combined 3,793 votes.