Judith Collins has pulled out of the race to be Prime Minister

Music 08/12/2016

Judith Collins has pulled out of the leadership race and thrown her support behind Bill English to be the new Prime Minister and National leader.

"It is clear to me that 50 percent of the caucus support Bill as leader, and so as far as I'm concerned he has won", Ms Collins says.

And Mr English is not ruling out an early election if he becomes Prime Minister.

Jonathan Coleman isn't bowing out of the race, saying he wants to see the numbers first.

While Mr English looks set to be leader, the battle for deputy is on between Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett.