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LIVE: Ross and Bridges audio - $100k donation discussed, leader calls one MP 'useless'

The explosive series of events continues, but the recording does not detail talk of splitting donations.

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The former National MP recorded his conversation with the Naitonal Party leader.

Jami-Lee Ross releases audio of conversation with Simon Bridges

A $100,000 donation to the National Party from Chinese businessman Zhang Yikun is discussed.

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On October 16, the now-independent MP made allegations against Mr Bridges, who in turn denied all claims.

Jami-Lee Ross says police will be investigating complaint he filed against National Party leader Simon Bridges

In an extraordinary move yesterday, Mr Ross quit the party over what he claims are corrupt practices by it's leader.

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Jami-Lee Ross arrives at police station to file complaint over alleged donation fraud

He said he would release a recording publicly after he had given it to police.

“It's the strongest possible action the caucus could take,” says Simon Bridges.

Auckland investor comes forward as National's Cathedral Club donor

"I'm happy to be noted as giving $10,000 to the National Party in 2017," he said,

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1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch McKay spoke to Breakfast this morning about the explosive allegations and its threat to Mr Bridges’ leadership.

Jessica Mutch McKay opinion: Bizarre, baffling and brilliant

There are big days in politics. And then there was yesterday.

Bryce Edwards says having two Maori at the head of the party shows how progressive it has become.

Simon Bridges did talk to businessman at centre of donation claim, says Paula Bennett

She said she was unsure whether they talked about any donation, however.

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Chris Bishop said he’s had some bad days, but “yesterday was probably the worst”.

Yesterday was National MP's 'worst' day in politics – 'Frankly despicable behaviour'

Chris Bishop said he’s had some bad days, but "yesterday was probably the worst".

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Former Labour Party president Mike Williams says the Jami-Lee Ross saga is a failure of leadership from Simon Bridges.

Political commentator says Jami-Lee Ross saga is a 'failure of leadership' by Simon Bridges

Former Labour Party president Mike Williams says yesterday was an extraordinary day in politics.

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1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch McKay spoke to Breakfast this morning about the explosive allegations and its threat to Mr Bridges’ leadership.

National MP Jami-Lee Ross' allegations raises questions about leader Simon Bridges' leadership, says 1 NEWS political editor

Jessica Mutch McKay said Jami-Lee Ross was Simon Bridges' "right-hand man", before the relationship fell apart.

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The Botany MP has quit Parliament and accuses Simon Bridges of electoral fraud.

John Armstrong's opinion: Jami-Lee Ross delivered one of parliament's most 'brutal, spiteful and disloyal diatribes'

The pair are now engaged in a battle as bitter as any in the history of New Zealand’s Parliament.

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1 NEWS’ Katie Bradford takes a look at Mr Ross’ chances of keeping his seat.

Jami-Lee Ross faces fight of his life to keep Botany as resignation forces by-election in safe National seat

Mr Ross easily won the seat for National at three general elections, but now the game's changed.

Jami-Lee Ross, Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges.

An overview: Jami-Lee Ross, Simon Bridges and the National Party

1 NEWS looks back to the developments leading up to an explosive day in politics.

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Mr Ross made a number of claims about the National Party leader in relation to donations.

'We can find no proof' says National Party President as Jami-Lee Ross accuses leader of breaking electoral law over donations

Peter Goodfellow says the party complies with the Electoral Act and donations are audited.

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March organiser Wiki Mulholland says many stage four breast cancer patients turned out, while Labour's Louisa Wall says the funding system will be scrutinised.

Breast cancer sufferers march on Parliament calling on Pharmac to fund two 'game-changer' drugs

The drugs are "literally a lifetime for us," petition organiser Terre Nicholson says.

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The National Party leader today made a statement defending his position and welcoming a police inquiry into claims of electoral donation fraud.

Simon Bridges on caucus support: '55 MPs today say he [Jami-Lee Ross] is wrong'

The National Party leader is adamant the party is united under him after now-ousted member Jami-Lee Ross criticised his leadership.

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Jami-Lee Ross tweets pics of Simon Bridges and Chinese '$100k donor' as MP accuses National Party leader of electoral fraud

Mr Ross says it was at a fundraising event "on 21 May that Simon Bridges was offered the $100k donation".

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The deputy Prime Minister had no other comments on the issue.

'Here comes the punchline' - Winston Peters plays song 'Burning Bridges' to media

Mr Peters' stunt came only hours after Jami-Lee Ross was expelled from the National Party caucus after making accusations against Simon Bridges.

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Mr Ross made a number of claims about the National Party leader in relation to donations.

MP Jami-Lee Ross to make police complaint against Simon Bridges, will resign from Parliament

Jami-Lee Ross has come out swinging at National leader Simon Bridges this morning, alleging two instances of electoral fraud.

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The National Party leader today made a statement defending his position and welcoming a police inquiry into claims of electoral donation fraud.

Simon Bridges rejects 'baseless' allegations as National MPs vote to expel Jami-Lee Ross from caucus

It comes after Mr Ross resigned from Parliament during a wild press conference.

Jessica Mutch McKay says Simon Bridges faces a "long, drawn out and embarrassing process to try and get rid of him".

'Extraordinary', 'raw', 'deeply disappointed' - what National's MPs have to say about Simon Bridges' Jami-Lee Ross problem

The MPs all gave their support to leader Simon Bridges as they prepare for a caucus meeting.

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Jacinda Ardern says the government is trying to make the transition to a more environmentally friendly economy just and the rapidly increasing fuel prices have been too jarring.

Jacinda Ardern dismisses suggestion that increased fuel prices are beneficial for environment

PM says increase has been too jarring and not befitting a "just" transition to an environmentally friendly economy.

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'Almost certain that he is going to be suspended from caucus' – crunch time as National MP Jami-Lee Ross' fate to be decided today

1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch McKay spoke to TVNZ's Breakfast about the National Party's political turmoil.

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Judith Collins says National Party leader Simon Bridges has her support at this morning’s caucus meeting.

Judith Collins ‘deeply disappointed’ in Jami-Lee Ross as National prepares for caucus showdown

Judith Collins says National Party leader Simon Bridges has her support at this morning’s caucus meeting.

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Jessica Mutch McKay says Simon Bridges faces a "long, drawn out and embarrassing process to try and get rid of him".

Fate of National party's expenses leaker Jami-Lee Ross to be decided today at caucus showdown

Botany MP's caucus colleagues will vote on punishment, with Mr Bridges flagging potential suspension.

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Jessica Mutch McKay says Simon Bridges faces a "long, drawn out and embarrassing process to try and get rid of him".

John Armstrong's opinion: Simon Bridges would've been castigated as incompetent if he didn't expose Jami-Lee Ross as leaker

"Bridges would have realised that at some point he was going to have to confront Ross. To delay that day of reckoning was to damage both himself and the party," writes our columnist.

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