Simon Bridges to spend time 'being a better dad and husband' after losing leadership

Simon Bridges says he is looking forward to "spending more time being a better dad and a better husband" after being rolled as National Party leader this afternoon. 

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Todd Muller rolled Mr Bridges today, four months out from the election. Source: 1 NEWS

In his concession speech following the successful coup by fellow MP Todd Muller, Mr Bridges said, "I can't say I've enjoyed every minute of it, but I almost have".

"It's been a blast, I have absolutely no regrets."

Mr Bridges thanked all the staff who worked in the leaders' office and acknowledged his former deputy leader Paula Bennett, calling her "loyal and competent". 

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Today’s coup came after disastrous results for the party. Source: 1 NEWS

"Most of all I want to thank my beautiful wife and three children."

Mr Bridges told media he said to his wife this morning, "If I win, I win, if I lose, we win".

"I'm really looking forward to spending more time being a better dad and a better husband. This is a fantastic country and it's been a privilege to be its leader of the Opposition."

"It's been a heck of a ride, a roller coaster really of highs and of lows."

He said the lows included March 15, White Island, Covid-19, and "a certain former National MP who no longer is who caused me a few troubles along the ways", referring to the saga with Jami-Lee Ross. 

"Often there's times, March 15 and Covid-19, of wanting to help but feeling powerless to do so, and wanting to react and dare-I-say-it, sometimes overreacting."

"There's been some real highs, amongst them I want to count getting the backdown on the capital gains tax, forcing the PM not to impose a national regional fuel tax through to quarantining at the border, funerals recently with Covid-19 and just sharing great times with tremendous colleagues in the National caucus."

The coup came after a disastrous 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll result last night that saw National drop to its lowest support since 2003, plunging 17 percentage points to 29 per cent.