November 08, 2020
Collins counts smaller team for Opposition
National leader Judith Collins says the party will back ousted Northland MP’s Matt King's request for a judicial recount.
Mr King’s election 742-vote night margin evaporated in an onslaught of special votes, leaving him 163 votes short of Labour’ Willow Jean Prime.
That means he leaves parliament, but National’s other MP in Northland, Shane Reti, stays on the list despite losing Whangarei to Labour’s Emily Henderson.
Ms Collins says Dr Reti was a tower of strength during the campaign.
"As soon as he took on that health role he has been able to be a very credible spokesperson in terms of health, not only as a doctor but also a very reasonable, sensible person, very measured in his responses. He is just outstanding. I have every confidence we definitely will be holding the Government to account and we are not letting them get away with anything" she says.
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