From Jami-Lee Ross to baby Neve - 1 NEWS political editor takes a look back at 2018

This year has been a year of ups and downs in politics, with some very big ups - like baby Neve being born - and some very big downs, including Jami-Lee Ross's fall from grace.

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1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch McKay gives her take on the biggest - and funniest - moments in NZ politics in 2018. Source: Breakfast

The incredible implosion of Mr Ross as a National Party MP made headlines worldwide and was 1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch McKay's pick for the biggest moment of the year.

She also told a story of how she and other political reporters were left flabbergasted after Mr Ross made his allegations to a crowd of reporters, with a group of media then left to wrap up the "extraordinary" hour-long speech into news items.

Winston Peters also got an honourable mention for his stepping in as Prime Minister during Jacinda Ardern's absence while she had her daughter, Neve.

As for the funniest moment that went to air, that had to go to National Party leader Simon Bridges accidentally calling his own minister Paula Bennett "Paula Benefit" on TV, Mutch McKay said. 

Summing up the performance of the Prime Minister, Mutch McKay said she's been a solid 8/10, marred only recently by some of the backlash from the Karel Sroubek saga.

For more discussion on the year that was, check out the final episode of Inside Parliament below.

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In this final podcast for 2018 the 1 NEWS political team take a look back at our favourite stories of the year. Source: Inside Parliament