Analysis: Reporter Benedict Collins on latest Jami-Lee Ross, National Party saga

As the new secret recording adds yet another element to the Jami-Lee Ross, National Party saga, 1 NEWS political reporter Benedict Collins looks at the specific timing of it and what damage it could do. 

Read: New secret recording of Jami-Lee Ross, Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett leaked

Collins said the timing of the latest tape release was significant. 

Embattled MP Jami-Lee Ross released the latest recording this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

"On Monday morning Simon Bridges does his weekly rounds with the media, so what's he talking about this week? He's talking all about National and their problems and the Jami-Lee Ross scandal and having to defend the way he dealt it again rather than holding the Government to account.

"Last week we saw the National Party ask some really valid questions around the way the Immigration Minister had handled the residency to the Czech drug smuggler-kick boxer," Collins said. 

"Monday morning, [Simon Bridges] is back to having to front up and talk about Jami-Lee Ross, their former MP who has gone rogue."

The recording shows Mr Bridges was willing to ignore allegations of inappropriate behaviour if Mr Ross stayed away from Wellington until next year. Source: 1 NEWS

In the clip, Mr Ross can be heard talking to National's leader and deputy leader about taking personal leave at the start of October.

Both Mr Bridges and Ms Bennett offer Mr Ross "the lightest possible way out" and promise not to reveal the nature of his alleged wrongdoing.

Appearing on Breakfast this morning, Mr Bridges categorically rejected prioritising his MP and the party’s reputation over the group of women who made the allegations of inappropriate behaviour against Mr Ross.

Mr Bridges believes he’s safe as National leader after categorically rejecting the notion that he prioritised his party and his MP over the women who made the allegations against Mr. Ross. Source: Breakfast

Mr Bridges said the 20-minute conversation occurred about a week after they had initially met with Mr Ross and outlined the allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him.

An overview: The feud between rogue MP Jami-Lee Ross and National leader Simon Bridges

It comes as another recording involving Jami-Lee Ross, Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett was released. Source: 1 NEWS