Former National leader Simon Bridges is keeping to himself any thoughts about how well the party would have done in the election had he still been in charge.
Asked on The AM Show on Friday whether he thought National would have done better under his leadership than under Judith Collins, Bridges replied: “I’m not going to get into that sort of stuff.”
“I think the reality is we had a really tough night but we had a constructive caucus meeting this week, and New Zealand needs an effective opposition, so we’ve got to regroup and rebuild and be strong.”
It was difficult having fewer MPs, Bridges said. “The resources that you get go down very significantly and we are … faced with the situation where Labour actually has unfettered power.
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“They can do for good or not so good whatever they want, and actually we need National and ACT, dare I say it, to do a good job in opposition,” Bridges said.
Labour MP David Parker, who was also on the show when Bridges was asked whether he thought National would have done better under his leadership, said he could answer the question.
“The answer’s ‘yes’,” Parker said.
Bridges was National leader from February 2018 to May 2020, when he was replaced amid falling poll results by Todd Muller.