15 Feb 2018

Coleman keeps out of National leadership race

3:11 pm on 15 February 2018

National MP Jonathan Coleman has confirmed he will not contest the party's leadership.

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Jonathan Coleman Photo: RNZ

Three senior MPs - Judith Collins, Simon Bridges and Amy Adams - have declared themselves contenders after Bill English announced he was retiring from politics.

Dr Coleman unsuccessfully stood for the party's leadership in 2016 when then-Prime Minister John Key resigned, but he said this time he had decided against it.

"In the end I looked at who would be best to lead the party, and it's one of those three."

Dr Coleman would not say who he would be supporting for leader.

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