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Collins isn't ruling out standing for PM

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/12/2016

Cabinet minister Judith Collins isn't ruling out putting her name forward to be the next prime minister.

"We have a caucus meeting tomorrow, any thought I give it will be after that when we know what the process is going to be," she told NZ Newswire.

Asked whether she was considering challenging, she said: "I'm not ruling it in or out".

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English is the clear front-runner, having been endorsed by Prime Minister John Key.

National's 59 MPs will elect a new leader on December 12.

Ms Collins, 57, is Minister of Police and Corrections.

She's often been mentioned as a likely contender for the leadership, and is a former justice minister.

She fell from grace over her close relationship with WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater and resigned her portfolios in 2014 amid allegations she played a role in undermining former Serious Fraud Office director Adam Feeley. She was later cleared.

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