English: I’m not going anywhere

Bill English has confirmed he will be staying on as National leader (photo: Jason Walls)

Prime Minister Bill English has confirmed he has been re-elected to lead the National Party and has committed to challenging for the 2020 election as National leader.

Speaking to media after the party’s first caucus meeting after the general election, Mr English revealed he was unopposed in his leadership bid this afternoon.

His deputy, Paula Bennett, was also re-elected and will remain on as deputy leader.

Jamie Lee Ross was re-elected as the party’s senior whip.

Earlier in the day, political commentator Matthew Hooton said Helen Clark made a major mistake in abruptly leaving following Labour's defeat in 2008. It sowed the seeds of chaos that resulted in years of chopping and changing. Even if he wants to leave, Mr English should stay on for at least a year to stabilise the party and ensure a smooth leadership transition, Mr Hooton says.

Mr English reiterated comments he made in his concession speech on Thursday night that his National-led opposition will be “the strongest opposition” New Zealand has ever seen.

“We will go into the House with more seats than the Labour, NZ First coalition government,” he says.

On the type of opposition he will lead, Mr English says it will be one that “makes sure the benefits New Zealanders have been working hard for are not just preserved but are continued to improve.” 

It did not take long for him to take his first shot at the new government, saying the policies he’s seen from the incoming government would “fritter away” all the work National did of maintaining a strong economy.

“We will hold them to account on the high expectations they have created – for instance, incomes will rise faster and significantly better progress will be made on some of the more challenging environmental and social issues.”

He says looking at the new government’s policies, they are looking expensive.

“So we will be tracking closely the impact on the government’s books and also the impact of the significantly increased expenditure and whether it achieves results.”

Mr English used the word “positive” numerous times during his press conference this afternoon.

“We will be an opposition campaigning for a positive platform for the New Zealand economy," he says.

“It’s interesting to note that, as we head into the changeover of government, the National opposition has a more positive view about New Zealand’s prospects than the incoming government.”

Speaking after signing the coalition deal with Winston Peters, Ms Ardern slammed National for its track record in the regions, saying there have been “nine years of neglect.”

Mr English disputed this.

“That’s just wrong,” he said when asked for his reaction.

“I think even they were surprised when they went to the regions in an election year to find how well most of them were doing – a shortage of labour, low unemployment, rising house prices, businesses that were confident and aspirational.

“Part of our job is to make sure the new government doesn’t get in the way of the success of our regions.”  


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Even Judes nowhere to be seen

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National will never win again under Bill English's leadership - voters aren't interested in third time lucky and with the same mottly National team

They need new blood soon and all the old school team gone - like Paula Bennett, Gerry Brownlee, Steven Joyce Nathan Guy and Jonathan Coleman
National needs Simon Bridges and Nikki Kaye leading the new team as there is too much baggage with the current senior team

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You mean like Labour..where we can all see someone simply put a new shiny hood ornament on the old crapper and tried to sell it as a new car.

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Who's in power and who's in opposition?

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Its not who is "in" power...its who "has" the power..it always falls back to the golden rule, he who has the gold "rules"..and the gold isn't with the ones with their hands out ;)

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It's certainly not Comrade Addled. It appears to be the United Nations in full control of NZ now by the looks of it. Careful what you wish for.

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LOL. Winston got turfed out of Parliament in 2008 and he lost his seat this year. But you're quite happy to take his support aren't you?

Look under H in the dictionary.

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What so it would have been alright for Winston to go with National

The only H here is you

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You are correct, its happening world wide,the old way is out,they need younger blood to go with the new modernization, if English stays National will lose big time.

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I am saddened to see the decline of government of the Boomers, by the Boomers and for the Boomers. What's this claptrap about governing for more NZers?!?

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Yes. Comments are full of Greedy Asset owning Boomers. Most privileged generation in history: No War, buy a house for half the average annual income. Free Student Education. Quick to remind you about interest rates, but real interest rates (nominal-inflation) was still ~5%. Time to focus on the next generation

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I'm a boomer, have 4 kids, all living in aus,they need their life now,we've had our run, it had to end sometime, time for change.

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Agree but please spare us the attitudes of Simon Bridges and Jonathon Coleman.

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The old National party capitalism model is dead

The new coalition is leading the democratic world
Read the Guardian article today to see for yourselves
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/23/greedy-bosses-brok...

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Actually I must admit that I like the short term effect of your new political model. The uncertainty it put into the market gave me quite a few extra 10's of thousands of $ working the exchange rate...hows that for the death of capitalism...mwaaaa

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Do people really read the guardian (arguably their primary target audience cannot)?

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Dear Mr The Scribe. It's The Guardian. Not in the slightest bit left-leaning...

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Agree, when it's too hard to address the argument we should attack the source. Well done.

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He got a lot more votes than labour, it’s only because of mmp and Winnie P that he isn’t pm. The media should stop acting like “he lead national to defeat again” when it was up to one person and English is more popular, why would he leave parliament?

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Another person who doesn't understand MMP?

Funny to see National obliterate their partners and alienate their potential allies. then get all sour over finding themselves unable to navigate MMP. They have only themselves to blame.

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National didn't obliterate their MMP partners and potential allies.

National suffered from a strategic and determined Labour program to pick off its partners to date. Putting Greg O'Connor into Ohariu sorted Dunne/ United and they ran the Maori Party out of their seats with a classic electorate type on-the-ground campaign.

Labour left ACT alone in Epsom because they could see Seymour was looking very solid. However in 2008, 2011 they tried very hard to run Hide and then Banks into the ground because they could see this ACT held seat was a king pin for National to both gain and keep the treasury benches.

We can expect to see the pressure ramp up on Epsom again and we could well see Labour assist NZ1 to maintain its reactionary centre-right voter base to prevent these grumpies returning to National

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Caretaker for 2.5 years then gone as soon as things heat up again and the boring opposition stuff is done. No-one is ever going to give him a third chance to stuff it up again, sad but true.

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He has already earned my vote next election. He showed integrity not compromising his beliefs to sell out to NZF. It would have been hard for National to win a 5th term next election had they formed a government this time. Next time it will be the easy as the alternatives are all clearly socialist and yet to be proven. I see it as a win:win situation. Labour May just bring more equity and fairness to the system and improve the environment without killing the economy. If so they will deserve a second term. However If the unproven Coalition drops the ball in government we will be back to a 2 party system with Labour struggling to get 20% of the vote and the Greens snd NZF joining the Maori Party in no mans land.

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He showed no integrity at all over the Todd Barclay affair, an abominable misuse of taxpayer funds to hush up a crime, and the following misleading of NZ over it.

Integrity is not a strong point for him now.

And you're dreaming if you think National aren't basically as socialist as Labour. It's National, after all, who instead of addressing the housing crisis simply pumped more socialist subsidies into it via increasing the Accommodation Supplement and FHB grant, and National who chose to continue and even increase socialist redistribution in Working for Families (you know, "communism by stealth") rather than allowing the free market to function and companies to pay the wages necessary to attract workers.

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The Nats have now got the same problem Labour had. Finding a new leader with some charisma. Old Bill is not the person to lead the National party into the next election.

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Jon kee saw it coming and gave English the hospital pass,kee new it was over then,you don't have to be a rocket scientist to work that out,thats why he sold his house, once winnie gets stuck into foreign buyers, kee would have been left stranded with a house worth only half the value of what it sold for. Not to sure about that deal,something just doesn't add up.

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Bill looks tired... As tired as this tabloid

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At least he's got something to say. Not like your lot that just stand in the background of the Labour party, with all their bitchy backstabbing.

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You do realise National is the party of Judith Collins and Paula Bennett, right?

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Bill will do a good job in opposition. However it is a situation which he should/could have avoided if he had taken the initiative the votes gave him and ran the coalition discussions himself, rather than allowing Winston to call the shots. There were at least two coalition possibilities he could have explored without going cap in hand to Winston. A pity he did neither.

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Bill's the best man to take us forward for the next four years. I'm right behind him on this.

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The way capitalism was run when he was in power is over,they need a new direction, someone young and fresh, they are now old has beens,get a new broom and have a clean sweep.

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Oh right, another breathless attempt to make capitalism work better by those who don't actually accept its basic premises

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short term government,,,,say 12 months but that is being generous.
Look at the damage that can be done in that time. and how much xtra tax you will pay.

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This cashed up ole Baby Boomer is just waiting for the bargains that will be available with the new Gumint. Always good to have a Labour Gumint.
Currency Gains Check.
Cheap mortgagee sales. Check.
Cheap Stocks and Bonds. Check

Lovely Jubbley.

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