Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

New leaks didn't come from National MP - Bridges

National Party leader Simon Bridges is refusing to discuss more leaks that appear to be coming from his own caucus.

Simon Bridges

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

RNZ and other media outlets received an anonymous text revealing details of internal polling presented to the caucus last week, from someone claiming to be a National MP.

The leaking of Mr Bridges' transport expenses back in August led to a major political controversy, with rogue MP Jami-Lee Ross leaking extensively against his leader.

Last week an anonymous message detailed internal polling showing the National Party on 41 percent and Labour on 44 percent.

That was not as flattering as a recent public poll and Mr Bridges refused to discuss it when speaking to reporters today.

"I'm not going to talk about internal polls, what we know is we've got a poll there that's public, that's 46 percent, that shows we've got momentum, you can understand there'll be speculation and rumours."

He was asked about the internal polling, putting his party 4 points lower at 41 percent.

"I don't talk about internal polls, it's a Labour Party trick."

Mr Bridges "did not accept" the leak came from one of his own MPs.

"I've made really clear, look you'd expect rumours and speculation, we've seen a huge amount of that from the Labour Party trying to push a variety of numbers we know just aren't there."

Jami-Lee Ross laid a complaint with the police about what he alleged was corrupt electoral practice by the National leader.

Mr Bridges has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said he had not yet been contacted by the police.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit & Huawei Clusterfudges

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top. More>>

ALSO:

UN Rights Declaration At 70: We Are All Born Free And Equal

On Article 1 of the UDHR: Dignity is the foundation of all human rights. Human beings have rights, and should be treated with utmost care, precisely because each one possesses intrinsic worth. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The (Delayed) Judgment Day For Theresa May

When under stress, British PM Theresa May reportedly eats peanut butter straight from the jar. Crunch time is looming... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Politely Fake Political Obituaries (And The Paris Discord)

One unfortunate side effect of “personality politics” is that when prominent politicians die, the niceties we observe at the death of private individuals get automatically extended to them as well... More>>

ALSO:

Unique And Vanishing: NZ Biodiversity Losses Match Global Crisis

One might think that it is buffered from some of the effects of biological erosion, especially since people only arrived less than 800 years ago. But as we show, the impact on wildlife has been catastrophic. More>>

Your Name Here(ish): Sponsor A Section On Scoop.co.nz!

Scoop.co.nz has just launched Section Sponsorships - the newest way for you to gain exposure for your brand to Scoop’s high value audience of 500,000 monthly readers. More>>

ALSO: