The Shadow Cabinet of Simon Bridges forms the official Opposition in the 52nd New Zealand Parliament. It comprises all members of the New Zealand National Party, which is the largest party not a member of the Government.
The Shadow Cabinet is a feature of the Westminster system of government. It consists of a senior group of opposition spokespeople who, under the leadership of the Leader of the Opposition, form an alternative cabinet to that of the government, and whose members shadow or mirror the positions of each individual member of the Cabinet. It is the Shadow Cabinet's responsibility to scrutinise the policies and actions of the government, as well as to offer an alternative program. The Shadow Cabinet makes up the majority of the Official Opposition frontbench.
Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, or commonly the Official Opposition, in New Zealand is usually the largest political party or coalition which is not a member of the ruling government—it does not provide ministers. This is usually the second-largest party in the House of Representatives, although in certain unusual circumstances it may be the largest party or even a third or fourth party.
The 52nd New Zealand Parliament is the current meeting of the legislative branch of New Zealand's Parliament. It was elected at the 2017 general election. The 52nd Parliament consists of 120 members, and is serving from its opening on 7 November 2017 until the next general election. Under section 17 of the Constitution Act 1986, Parliament expires three years "from the day fixed for the return of the writs issued for the last preceding general election of members of the House of Representatives, and no longer." With the date for the return of writs for the general election set at 12 October 2017, the 52nd Parliament must be dissolved on or before 12 October 2020.
After his election as Leader of the Opposition on 27 February 2018, Simon Bridges announced that he would reshuffle MPs' portfolio responsibilities within the next fortnight.On 11 March, he announced MPs' portfolio assignments.
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Simon Joseph Bridges is a New Zealand politician and lawyer who has served as the Leader of the New Zealand National Party and Leader of the Opposition since 27 February 2018. He has been the Member of Parliament for Tauranga since the 2008 election. A self-described "compassionate conservative", Bridges has served in several Cabinet portfolios, including those of Minister of Transport (2014–2017) and Minister of Economic Development (2016–2017). He took the role of Leader of the House from May to October 2017.
The initial portfolio allocation was announced on 11 March 2018,and has since been amended three times: first, on 26 March 2018 to accommodate the resignation of Jonathan Coleman; second, in October 2018 in response to Jami-Lee Ross's taking leave from Parliament (and subsequently being expelled from the National Party); and third, following the resignation of Christopher Finlayson in January 2019.
Jonathan David Coleman is a former New Zealand politician.
Jami-Lee Matenga Ross is a New Zealand politician who has been the Member of Parliament for the Botany electorate in Auckland since the March 2011 Botany by-election, when he became the youngest Member of Parliament at the time. He was previously a local government politician on the Auckland Council and, before that, was on the Manukau City Council from the age of 18.
|1||Hon Simon Bridges|
|2||Hon Paula Bennett|
|3||Hon Amy Adams|
|4||Hon Judith Collins|
|5||Hon Todd McClay|
|6||Hon Mark Mitchell|
|7||Hon Paul Goldsmith|
|8||Hon Nikki Kaye|
|9||Hon Gerry Brownlee|
|10||Hon Nathan Guy|
|11||Hon Michael Woodhouse|
|12||Hon Louise Upston|
|13||Hon Alfred Ngaro|
|14||Hon Scott Simpson|
|15||Hon Jacqui Dean|
|18||Hon Anne Tolley|
|19||Rt Hon David Carter|
|20||Hon David Bennett|
|22||Hon Maggie Barry|
|23||Hon Dr Nick Smith|
|27||Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi|
|28||Hon Tim Macindoe|
|32||Dr Jian Yang|
|33||Dr Parmjeet Parmar|
|37||Hon Nicky Wagner|
|39||Dr Shane Reti|
|49||Tim van de Molen|
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