Former Cabinet minister: Luxon will need to unite the liberal-conservative divide if he wins

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Tue, 30 Nov 2021, 9:24AM
(Photo / Jason Oxenham)
(Photo / Jason Oxenham)

Former Cabinet minister: Luxon will need to unite the liberal-conservative divide if he wins

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 30 Nov 2021, 9:24AM

A big challenge for National, to appeal to almost everyone with its next choice of leader.

Former Air New Zealand boss Christopher Luxon appears to have the numbers over former party leader Simon Bridges, ahead of a caucus meeting this afternoon.

Simon Bridges says the leadership will come down to a vote of MPs which insiders say Luxon is likely to win.

Former National Cabinet Minister Jonathan Coleman told Kate Hawkesby he'll need to choose a deputy and front bench that unites the liberal-conservative divide.

“We’ve got to be a party that appeals to that broad middle swathe of New Zealand, and frankly, the country’s changing, so we need to have a look, feel and a leadership team that reflects that and can appeal broadly.”

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