National MP Judith Collins has resigned from parliament following weeks of political pressure.
Prime Minister John Key accepted her resignation after reading an email suggesting Ms Collins was involved in efforts to undermine the Serious Fraud Office.
Ms Collins has completely denied the email and has asked for a full inquiry into the situation. She said that by resigning she could work to clear her name.
In the meantime, Ms Collins said she would continue to campaign for the seat of Papakura, which she has held since 2008. She has been in Parliament since 2002.
Mr Key said he would seek advice on the best way in which to conduct an inquiry. He said Ms Collins would not be part of his returning Cabinet if National was re-elected.