'There's this real hunger for generational change' – Who will take National's leadership?

National MPs Simon Bridges and Amy Adams are "coming down to a two-horse race" for leadership of the National party, political commentator Bryce Edwards told TVNZ's Breakfast this morning.

Simon Bridges, Judith Collins and Amy Adams.
Simon Bridges, Judith Collins and Amy Adams. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Edwards says the two may be indicative of divisions within the party which were previously quashed by former National party leaders John Key and Bill English.

"For the last decade, the party's been very united, at least publicly... We're seeing divisions in terms of ideology in terms of social liberal, social conservative, left and right of the party" he said.

"There's a real hunger for generational change."

Mr Edwards says the party has an issue with likability, however.

"There must be a lot of people in National thinking, 'Come back, Bill', because it's a bit dire at the moment about all of these options."

Judith Collins, Mr Bridges and Ms Adams are currently the contenders to take on the National Party leadership, after Bill English resigned earlier this week. 

He complimented competitor Judith Collins, and possible competitor Amy Adams. Source: 1 NEWS