As it happened: The Campaign Trail September 1

After a tumultuous weekend for the National Party the focus today will be keeping the election campaign on the rails. However, the unpredictable political landscape of the past few weeks isn't likely to get any less lumpy.

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8.10pm:The pressure is mounting on John Key over the inquiry into former justice minister Judith Collins.

Mr Key is expected to announce details of the inquiry tomorrow but is rejecting opposition demands to have a say on the investigation. The inquiry comes after Ms Collins was forced to stand down as justice minister in the wake of an email suggesting she was part of a smear campaign in 2011 to undermine the then-head of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feely.

Another email dump from the mystery hacker at the centre of the scandal has ramped up pressure for the inquiry to look at claims Mark Hotchin, the boss of failed finance company Hanover, was linked to the smear campaign through his public relations man Carrick Graham.

Mr Key says that's a completely different matter and not one for him. He says it would be a matter for someone to refer to the police or for the police to investigate themselves if they wanted to.

The man at the centre of the SFO smear campaign, Adam Feely, says he's sure the PM's inquiry

doesn't rule out SFO, police or other bodies considering whether other alternative inquiries are also appropriate.

4.10pm:Labour leader David Cunliffe says Labour is writing to Police, asking them to investigate the allegations that Judith Collins contributed to a smear campaign against former Serious Fraud Office head Adam Feely. 

Cunliffe says he respects it's a judgement for police but he believes there are serious grounds for an inquiry into potential law breaches

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3.25pm:John Key won't be asking Labour for its opinion on the terms of reference for his inquiry into Judith Collins' conduct over former Serious Fraud Office head Adam Feely. Mr Key will announce details of his inquiry tomorrow and Labour leader David Cunliffe says it needs to be bipartisan.

The Prime Minister says it will be an independent inquiry, chaired by an independent person, most likely a retired judge or Queen's Counsel. "I'd be amazed if the leader of the opposition had a call on a particular retired judge. Generally politicians are of the view that we treat judges and retired judges as people who are above reproach," Mr Key said. He said Mr Cunliffe "may or may not like the terms of reference, but I suspect if he didn't it would simply be because of his political motivations".

The WhaleDump Twitter account has released more documents. They appear to be screen grabs of email conversations between PR consultant Carrick Graham and bloggers Cameron Slater and Cathy Odgers. The Sunday Star Times article at the weekend alleged the trio were working together to attack the Serious Fraud Office during its investigation of Hanover Finance.

9.30am: Former Serious Fraud Office boss Adam Feeley has been speaking to Radio Live about the allegations concerning Judith Collins. He says he never detected any animosity from her, and added it's not a stretch of the imagination to believe wealthy businessmen may seek to buy influence from bloggers.


John Key has brushed off the findings of a ONE News Colmar Brunton poll  which found 44% of people do not believe him when he says he was not personally informed about the release of SIS information to blogger Cameron Slater. He says while it is a bit 'soul-destroying' most people will say they don't trust politicians when asked.

Meanwhile, the events that led up to the resignation of Judith Collins at the weekend have also been discussed. It seems the National Party may have thought there was more damning evidence out there then infact there was.

6am:The Agenda

National leader John Key is on Breakfast on TV ONE this morning, as is Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager. So, Mr Key looks set to start the week in a now familiar fashion, defending his Government from dirty tricks accusations. Later, Mr Key will be visiting the War Memorial in Wellington with Chris Finlayson and Gerry Brownlee.

Labour leader David Cunliffe is in Christchurch, where he is expected to make a policy announcement this morning.

And, several of the country's top politicians are in Northland today for an economic forum aimed at telling locals what they'll do to stimulate the region's economy.

Confirmed attendees include Labour's finance spokesperson David Parker, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

Organisers say the Northland Regional Economic Forum will give locals the chance to hear what the major parties have in store for the region, focussing on jobs, education, roading and housing.