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Simon Bridges has announced the result of National’s reshuffle.
From the Herald:
National leader Simon Bridges’ reshuffle will feature five new faces on the party’s front bench of its top 10 MPs.
The big winners in the reshuffle include Judith Collins, who moves up to be fourth-ranked MP and will take on Labour’s Phil Twyford in Housing and Urban Development – one of the areas Bridges has identified as fertile ground for attacks on the Labour – NZ First Government.
Other new faces on the front bench are Todd McClay, who takes Foreign Affairs, Trade and Tourism; Mark Mitchell, who gets Justice and Defence; and Jami-Lee Ross, who gets Infrastructure and Transport.
The relatively low-profile Paul Goldsmith will get a chance to change that – he is ranked at 9 and will take on the massive Economic Development and Regional Development areas, going head to head against NZ First’s Shane Jones and Economic Development Minister David Parker.
The biggest losers are Nicky Wagner (down 18 places), Joanne Hayes (down 11), Nick Smith (down 8), Chris Finlayson (down 8), Gerry Brownlee (down 7) and Maggie Barry and Tim McIndoe (down 6). Expect a few more resignations from this list before the next election.