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Jacqui Dean says he was surprised that Judith Collins filed the Simon Bridges case.

Former leader Simon Bridges has revealed that he is seeking a return to that role-National under Collins said he was “not doing enough”.

Waitaki’s Jackie Dean said he was surprised and disappointed that a conversation with former leader Judith Collins was used this week to dismiss and demote Tauranga’s Simon Bridges. I am.

Collins demoted Bridges yesterday morning and lost national party leadership after a long caucuse after stripping his portfolio late the night before.

Collins said he did so because of a complaint from a colleague at a female caucuse who alleged serious misconduct in connection with a comment made by Bridges a few years ago.

The colleague, Dean, told the Otago Daily Times that he mentioned the case to Collins in a conversation following a meeting he attended as an assistant speaker on recommendations from the Francis Review of Parliamentary Work Culture.

“I contacted Judith about my concerns a few weeks ago, and the conversation was in the context of the work I did in the Francis Review, and I realized I was disclosing my experience. “Dean said.

Judith Collins lost the leadership of the Kuomintang on Thursday morning after a distrust resolution was passed.Photo / Mark Mitchell, File
Judith Collins lost the leadership of the Kuomintang on Thursday morning after a distrust resolution was passed.Photo / Mark Mitchell, File

“The reason I did that was while considering the issue … this happened to me, and what I need to be satisfied with is not only Congress but also the Kuomintang, MP and its actions involved. It actually has the system and process to manage the situation.

“I think we found ourselves very prominently in something completely different.

“That wasn’t my intention. I think some issues were confused and the rest worked.”

The midnight firing of the Bridges infuriated many MPs, and a caucuses arranged in a hurry yesterday morning were enough to get Collins to pass a distrust resolution.

Her deputy, Dr. Shane Letty, will be the leader of the interim party until a caucuses are held next Tuesday to elect National’s sixth new leader in the last five years.

Dean said Bridges’ upset comments weren’t directed at her, but were made while she was nearby.

Congressman Waitaki says Simon Bridges' comments weren't directed at her, but near her.Photo / Mark Mitchell, File
Congressman Waitaki says Simon Bridges’ comments weren’t directed at her, but near her.Photo / Mark Mitchell, File

She complained to the leader at the time, and Bridges apologized many times yesterday — a version of the event he backed up.

“There is no doubt about the integrity of his apology,” Dean said.

“I think there are two issues here: parliamentary culture and leadership struggles. I regret that the two issues have been confused.

“I am very grateful that Judith supported me and helped me at the time, but that was not the expected result.”

Dean said that National’s search for a new leader did not undermine the fact that the caucuses had constructive discussions on the broader issues she raised.

“After that, we had a very good discussion with Simon Bridges. We got a better understanding of each other’s perspectives. I think it’s a good start for change.”

She now wants to put yesterday’s events in the past and return to work.

“I’m re-litigating past issues, so I don’t think we can move forward.”

Collins said yesterday that he knew that taking action against Bridges’ comments could sacrifice her leadership, but had no regrets.

“I felt I wouldn’t deserve that role if I didn’t. I didn’t demand that I be given a complaint,” she said.

As Collins argued, Kuomintang President Peter Goodfellow said yesterday that the board did not support the demotion of the Bridge.

Collins claimed in her statement that she had “unanimous support” for the board.

Good Fellow said the Board unanimously supported the first step in seeking further information from both parties before drawing a conclusion.

Beyond the support of the investigation, he said certain penalties and actions were discussed, agreed and not approved by the board at the meeting on Wednesday.



Jacqui Dean says he was surprised that Judith Collins filed the Simon Bridges case.

SourceJacqui Dean says he was surprised that Judith Collins filed the Simon Bridges case.

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