3 May 2015

Judith Collins wants Cabinet job back

12:25 pm on 3 May 2015

National MP Judith Collins wants her Cabinet job back.

Judith Collins

Judith Collins said she'd made it clear she wanted to be in Cabinet. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

The Papakura MP resigned from Cabinet after emails surfaced which suggested she took part in a smear campaign against then-Serious Fraud Office director Adam Feely in 2011.

A government inquiry later cleared Ms Collins from wrongdoing.

She stayed on as a senior minister after her resignation from Cabinet.

Ms Collins told TVNZ's Q+A that the allegations that led to her resignation had been disproven.

She said she had made it very clear she wanted to be in Cabinet - but that decision was up to the Prime Minister.

But she told the programme she had had no timeframe on when she should be returned to Cabinet.

Mr Key says he does not rule out putting the MP back into Cabinet but it is a matter of when a position becomes available.

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