Horan refusing to leave Parliament
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:57p.m.
By Janika ter Ellen
Dumped New Zealand First MP Brendan Horan is refusing to leave Parliament - even though the man who got him there wants him gone.
Winston Peters has expelled Mr Horan from the New Zealand first caucus after he received new information relating to claims Mr Horan took money from his late mother's bank account.
Mr Horan's never been shy of the limelight and now, he's refusing to leave Parliament quietly, his lawyer Paul Mabey says.
“He takes the view that he may have been expelled from the party - but why should he leave Parliament - what has he done wrong? He's been judged in his absence by Mr. Peters and that's disturbing for Mr. Horan.”
Mr Mabey says Mr Horan is upset about how he first heard of the expulsion on the news.
“He's been in touch with Mr Peters throughout, and he was not told of this announcement today, so his response is that he's quite shocked.”
The MP's been involved in a dispute with his two brothers over their dead mother's estate.
3 News obtained a will amendment - signed by Mr Horan's mother - that wanted money "taken from me by misadventure" recovered.
Mr Horan's always denied any wrongdoing, but Mr Peters says he's got new information on the MP and Mr Horan has to go.
“The information we have received leaves me in a position where I have no confidence in Mr Horan's ability to continue as a Member of Parliament - and he will be expelled from the New Zealand first caucus forthwith,” Mr Peters says.
Mr Peters won't say what that information is - but he's adamant Mr Horan no longer belongs in Parliament.
“Mr Horan has a duty, I believe, to resign as a member of Parliament.”
But Mr Peters may not get his wish. Mr Horan can stay on as an independent MP - and appears determined to do so.
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5/12/2012 9:13:24 a.m.
geoff s wrote:
Instead of Mr Horan trying to act the innocent party perhaps he should be more proactive and provide the evidence that he didnt steal fom his family.Seems he is only shadow boxing at the moment
5/12/2012 7:30:06 a.m.
A list MP can stay in parliament until there is evidence or a prosecution against the MP. At the moment no charges have been made, there is no evidence except the complaint by a brother and some "wonderful" new evidence discovered by super sleuth Peters that he refuses to divulge. If Mr. Peters is such a stickler for justice then why doesn't he just pack it up in another winebox and give it to the police? If Brendon Horan is found guilty then by all means dump him. But if this is just another Peters fishing trip it's better to have Horan in Parliament embarrassing Peters and making his life a living hell. Makes good television, too.
5/12/2012 7:20:53 a.m.
Where there is smoke there is fire.Winston would not have made the decision lightly.Of course the baubles of office are quite attractive and one would want tohang on as long as they can, it's the tax payers that are footing his salary bill and perks,so as a tax payer, i say 'show us there is no smoke and fire'urgently please.
5/12/2012 6:18:58 a.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
Whether or not there has been any misadventure in the Horan Family Estate - MP Brendon Horan does not have the right to stay in Parliament as the only reason that he is there at all through being a "List" candidate for NZ FirstParty. He did not get the electorate vote, plus he has had a full week to clear allegations with his family and they are not talking publicly. The worst part of this embarassing scenario is the Parliamentary system which allows Mr Horan to stay on in Parliament, receiving a $140,000 salary all paid for by the hard working, overtaxed, overRated, diligent and struggling taxpayer. Time to go Mr Horan and it is also time to change the rules in parliament that allows this situation to occur.
5/12/2012 12:15:34 a.m.
can someone explain how a list mp who gets kicked out of his party remain in parliament?he isn,t elected my the people,he is elected by his party so if they kick him out,he should go,and the next one on the list takes over,how can these people stay in parliament?
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