Oh lord. Really?
Exclusive: Intercepted discussions in the Clutha-Southland MP’s electorate office included talk of “sex and drugs”, a source tells Newsroom
Despite the lede it is of course a very informative piece, with details of negotiations around the payout.
Newsroom has Dickson’s un-redacted statement, which has not previously been made public.
In it she says Dalziel had begun negotiating with the Parliamentary Service over her severance conditions after the dispute with Barclay arose.
The lawyer wanted a higher settlement than the Parliamentary Service was prepared to pay but the situation changed after it became clear Dickson’s privacy had been breached.
“They told her (Dalziel) about the recordings that Todd had. This is the same information that I had received from Bill English.
“Consequently, she then went back to Parliamentary Services and negotiations continued. They then came back within a day and accepted the original offer that we had asked for.
“It seemed strange that they’d changed their decision so quickly within a day.
“Catherine Dalziel also told me that she had spoken to Parliamentary Services and that they had acknowledged there was recorded conversations involving me which concerned Todd Barclay regarding sex and drug matters.
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