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MPs give their leaders big welcomes

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/09/2017

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Prime Minister Bill English and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern were given standing ovations by their MPs when the first post-election caucus meetings were held in parliament on Tuesday.

Mr English ran a campaign that brought back 58 MPs, just two fewer than in 2014, and Ms Ardern has increased Labour's from 32 to 45.

"I want to thank you all for that remarkable discipline and enthusiasm that I saw out on the campaign, right across the country," Mr English told his caucus.

"We had times of real pressure, the public had the opportunity to vote for other parties, particularly the Labour Party, to put them into government - they tried not to do that."

Ms Ardern told her cheering MPs she had seen up front the work they were doing on the campaign.

"It's fantastic to see this room absolutely brimming again," she said.

"I'm so incredibly proud of the work each and every one of you did during this campaign - it takes a village to run a campaign and we have been an incredibly strong village."

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