A new police investigation into former National MP Todd Barclay has again found insufficient evidence to press charges, in the wake of a Newsroom investigation which led to his departure from Parliament.
Prime Minister Bill English has confirmed Todd Barclay offered to play him the recordings he had made of a staff member - but still says he “simply doesn’t know” whether they actually existed.
Keen to move on from the Todd Barclay scandal, Prime Minister Bill English dangled the indistinct prospect of a second family incomes package in front of voters in his first major speech of the election campaign.
In today's email we detail the events around Parliament yesterday as Todd Barclay finally accepted he had to go.
There was nowhere for Bill English to hide in the Parliamentary debating chamber today as his character and the National Party's protection of Todd Barclay were repeatedly challenged, Bernard Hickey reports.
Prime Minister Bill English cannot recall whether or not Todd Barclay told him about illegally recording a former employee - but is still backing the Clutha-Southland MP.