Horan may start political party
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 6:30p.m.
By Brook Sabin
A defiant independent MP Brendan Horan arrived back at Parliament today, vowing to fight for more transparency around MPs' pay rises.
But he was greeted with a threat from his former leader Winston Peters, who warned there's more evidence against Mr Horan that's about to emerge.
Keen surfer Mr Horan is paddling for political survival. But he likes to put that all aside out on his favourite Mt Maunganui break known as Shark Alley. The political sharks are his real problem, after allegations he misused money from his late mother's bank account.
But he's back facing 2013 with renewed energy, saying this year he will prove his innocence.
“I'm now in a position where I have to clear my name because of vile, baseless allegations,” says Mr Horan.
He even wants to run for re-election come 2014.
“I am here to stay,” he says.
Mr Horan may even start his own party.
“I'm keeping all my options open in that regard.”
“He's dreaming,” says Mr Peters. “First of all he won't get any supporters.”
But 3 News found some supporters in Tauranga, some who say they “quite like him” and think "he’s a good guy”.
Mr Horan's also planning to campaign for more transparency for MPs' pay rises, after an increase was announced just before Christmas.
“It's not what the average Kiwi wants to hear when you've got thousands of people losing their jobs and being made redundant,” says Mr Horan.
He'll try and amend a bill that's already before Parliament, so the public know what MPs' pay increases are before each election.
“Pretty rich coming from someone who shouldn't be getting any MP pay himself,” says Mr Peters.
So Mr Horan's back, but his first day came with a warning: Mr Peters has threatened that new evidence against Mr Horan will soon emerge.
If so, it could be a rough ride ahead.
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30/01/2013 5:53:48 a.m.
I doubt Peters has any new 'guff' on Mr. Horan. Let's face it, the old guy hasn't been seen in Parliament or even in Tauranga carrying a wine box, his famous trademark. Also, months have passed and Peters promise of new information have not come forth, and frankly it's getting pretty old. So zip it, sweetie. . . or as they say in polite terms, "put up or shut up."
29/01/2013 11:38:43 p.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
Mr Horan says "he is now in a position where I have to clear my name because of vile, baseless allegations,”
These allegations were first raised by his own family - not by any political party or any of the Media and he has not been able to clear his name because he his family has refused to clear his name. Mr Horan entered parliament on the coat tails of Mr Peters NZ First Party - he was not voted in by the electorate and despite being dumped by the NZ First party he is only remained in Parliament as a self proclaimed 'Independant MP" because of our stupid Parliamentary rules which allow this. You want to start a new party - I suggest you call it the "Goodbye Party" as you should have resigned from parliament and avoided us hard working taxpayers paying you a $150,000 per year for doing nothing.
29/01/2013 10:44:19 p.m.
Claire Kelly wrote:
This guy was never voted into parliament, a New Zealand First MP was. As a list MP he should never have been allowed to stay in Parliament if his party no longer wanted him. Another MP from NZ1st should come in off the list. If he was voted into an electorate in his own right it would have been a completely different kettle of fish. Whatever the situation with his mother he should be forced to step aside.
29/01/2013 9:16:26 p.m.
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