Another story about yet another National MP in trouble because of their born to rule impulses.
A National Party MP faced allegations of inappropriate spending of taxpayer money – allegations the MP is refusing to front on and which Parliamentary Service refuses to discuss under the cone of silence that protects MPs.
Sources inside the National Party have told NZME that a staff member of the MP flagged a concern in the last term of Parliament, alleging items of furniture were bought out of the MP’s taxpayer funds but did not appear in the office.
The items of furniture are understood to include a television.
The allegation was that the items went to the MP’s home rather than their office.
It is also understood the cost of a sofa the MP bought for the office at Parliament was also questioned, and the MP was told to return it.
Parliamentary Service has refused to say whether it investigated the allegations or whether any action was taken.
The MP at the centre of the accusations has refused to answer any questions on the matter.
Collins’ office has attempted to divert by releasing a copy of a letter from Parliamentary Service stating there were “no records of formal complaints” on file relating to the MP. Parliamentary Service then confirmed a formal complaint is not required for them to investigate.
The story appears to have started from sources inside the National Party. It must be a really fun party to be in right now.
Update: the Herald has reported that the MP is Harete Hipango. These blue on blue attacks are getting out of hand.