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Reshuffle likely to upset Judith Collins

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/12/2016

© Phil Walter/Getty Images Prime Minister Bill English could be storing up trouble for himself by taking the police and corrections portfolios away from Judith Collins.

She's handled both of them well and has said she enjoyed them, but now she has to cope with a new set of responsibilities which don't have anything like the same profile.

Ms Collins was one of Mr English's challengers for the leadership, although she pulled out of the race early on when it became obvious she didn't have the numbers.

But if anyone claims that's why her portfolios were taken away, Mr English could point to his other challenger Simon Bridges.

Mr Bridges has been rewarded with promotion and extra responsibilities.

Mr English has given police to his deputy Paula Bennett, and says that's a reflection on how important he considers it to be.

But corrections, which can be a difficult portfolio to handle, has been given to Louise Upston, newly promoted to cabinet from being a minister outside it.

Ms Collins has been given revenue, energy and resources, and ethnic communities.

Labour says police has been given to the deputy leader because National has "finally woken up" to how important it is, and that the force needs extra funding.

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