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.

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  1. Corky

     /  February 20, 2018

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

  2. Blazer

     /  February 20, 2018

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

  3. Zedd

     /  February 20, 2018

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

  4. Gezza

     /  February 20, 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

       /  February 20, 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.


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