National deputy going to a vote

As well as voting for a new leader next week the National caucus will also vote for a deputy. Paula Bennett is currently the deputy leader.

Newsroom: National deputy leadership will also go to vote

National MPs will vote on February 27 for the new leader, with party whip Jamie Lee Ross announcing there would also be a vote for the deputy position.

“Paula came to me last week and said she felt it was important there be a vote for deputy leader and the caucus has confirmed that.”

It makes sense to have choice of deputy once the new leader has been chosen. One of the unsuccessful leadership contenders may have a go at becoming deputy.


  1. Corky

     /  20th February 2018

    Go Paula. Unfortunately I think caucus will want a clean slate. Pity, because she is starting.
    to look half decent.

    • robertguyton

       /  20th February 2018

      Mean. That’s just mean , Corky.

      • Corky

         /  20th February 2018

        Not really. I have made my views known about her appearance. Just like I commented on the beard that’s changed the dynamic of how Andy presents. Where I part company with the likes of you socialists are my comments don’t have that nasty edge some on this blog and others like using when commenting on politicians appearances.

        Gezza and Blazer are the worst offenders in my opinion. Gerry Brownlee received some very nasty comments.

  2. Blazer

     /  20th February 2018

    the penny has finally dropped…Paula now realises ,not only is she..slimmer,her paypacket is about…too.

  3. Zedd

     /  20th February 2018

    English… GONE
    Paula.. probably ?
    I actually thinks shes OK in the role.. calmed down

  4. Gezza

     /  20th February 2018

    Bill was absent & Paula put up a respectable performance in the House at Question Time today but there is just something missing in her performance when she does sub for the Leader. She doesn’t have the uproarious backing of her colleagues & makes silly little smartass asides that lose her side supplementaries & while she’s not stupid & knows the rules they do make her seem a bit nasty-schoolgirlish & immature. She’s not scoring any hits against Jacinda.

    • Gezza

       /  20th February 2018

      I might add that Brownlee has been putting in a solid, creditable performance with good, fair, respectfully raised points of order, & while he hasn’t featured much – if at all – with questions, & on attack, his experience shows & he is respected by the Speaker for the manner in which he challenges & asks the Speaker to consider & rule on matters at issue.