New leaks didn't come from National MP – Bridges

by RNZ / 04 December, 2018
simon bridges

National Party leader Simon Bridges "did not accept" a leak about the party's internal polls came from one of his own MPs. Photo/RNZ/Rebekah Parsons-King

RelatedArticlesModule - bridges

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

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 show's 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.

This article was first published on Radio NZ.

Latest

March of the Algorithms: Who’s at the wheel in the age of the machine?
102434 2019-02-16 00:00:00Z Tech

March of the Algorithms: Who’s at the wheel in the…

by Jenny Nicholls

Complacently relying on algorithms can lead us over a cliff – literally, in the case of car navigation systems.

Read more
IBM’s new quantum computer: The future of computing
102458 2019-02-16 00:00:00Z Tech

IBM’s new quantum computer: The future of computin…

by Peter Griffin

The Q System One, as IBM calls it, doesn’t look like any conventional computer and it certainly doesn’t act like one.

Read more
James Shaw: Capital gains tax key to fixing wealth gap
102456 2019-02-15 14:54:45Z Politics

James Shaw: Capital gains tax key to fixing wealth…

by RNZ

The week before a major tax report is released, Green Party co-leader James Shaw has again challenged his government partners to back the tax.

Read more
Jealousy, murder and lies: The killing of Arishma Chand
102448 2019-02-15 10:28:12Z Crime

Jealousy, murder and lies: The killing of Arishma…

by Anneke Smith

Arishma Chand was just 24 when she was murdered.

Read more
Top wine picks from Central Otago
102233 2019-02-15 00:00:00Z Wine

Top wine picks from Central Otago

by Michael Cooper

Tucked into small corners, Central Otago vineyards offer nuggets worth digging for. Wine critic Michael Coopers offers his top picks.

Read more
Ivanka and her tower of crumbs
102404 2019-02-14 10:33:12Z Arts

Ivanka and her tower of crumbs

by Preminda Jacob

For two hours each evening, an Ivanka Trump lookalike has been vacuuming a hot pink carpet at the Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Read more
Youth mental health is in crisis and NZ is failing to keep up
102393 2019-02-14 09:52:16Z Social issues

Youth mental health is in crisis and NZ is failing…

by The Listener

The introduction of a free youth mental-health pilot for Porirua, and later the wider region, is welcome news, but it's far too little, far too late.

Read more
Guyon Espiner: Year of delivery begins in defensive crouch
102387 2019-02-14 09:21:07Z Politics

Guyon Espiner: Year of delivery begins in defensiv…

by Guyon Espiner

For a government promising 'a year of delivery' it has begun in something of a defensive crouch.

Read more