19 Feb 2018

LIVE: Mark Mitchell to stand for National Party leader

2:39 pm on 19 February 2018

The National Party leadership contest is further heating up, with MP Mark Mitchell putting his name forward for the top job.

Mr Mitchell confirmed at a media conference this afternoon that he was in the running.

Judith Collins, Simon Bridges and Amy Adams put their names in the hat last week, while Steven Joyce is still expected to make his intentions known soon.

Other potentials Paula Bennett, Jonathan Coleman and Nikki Kaye have all made clear they are not putting themselves forward.

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