The Huddle: Is Simon Bridges gearing up to try for the leadership again?

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Thu, 25 Feb 2021, 8:36PM
Simon Bridges. (Photo / NZ Herald)
Simon Bridges. (Photo / NZ Herald)

The Huddle: Is Simon Bridges gearing up to try for the leadership again?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 25 Feb 2021, 8:36PM

Simon Bridges has continued to dominate headlines this week.

Earlier this week, the National MP hit headlines for calling Police Commissioner Andrew Coster 'woke'.

They faced each other in today's Justice Select Committee's annual review of New Zealand Police.

Bridges read an email he'd received from one officer, which says they feel frustrated at the 'philosophical approach' Police are taking.

He pushed Coster on what feedback he gets from the frontline, and pushed him on whether that gang numbers are rising. 

Bridges also issued an apology, of sorts, to Speaker Trevor Mallard for calling him a 'twat' after he stormed out of the House yesterday.

Although he would not admit he said it -- despite being confirmed by a number of MPs who heard -- Bridges has apologised for using "unparliamentary" language.

He says he said a lot yesterday and he can't remember everything he said.

But, Bridges says in the past Mallard has gotten away with saying far worse.

Does Bridges have more backing than Judith Collins right now, or is he burning support from his party? Clare de Lore and Hayden Munro discuss this and the rest of the day's news with Heather du Plessis-Allan on The Huddle