December 16, 2012
Horan had time off to be at mother’s bedside
Meanwhile, former New Zealand First MP Brendan Horan is determined to see out his first term in Parliament – and he still has a good word for his former boss.
Leader Winston Peters kicked the former television weatherman out of caucus after failing to get the answers he was seeking about a family dispute over the estate of Mr Horan’s mother, who died earlier this year.
A half brother claims money was missing from her account, and a leaked copy of Mr Horan’s parliamentary cellphone records shows he made 144 calls to a TAB betting line earlier this year.
Mr Horan says it’s been a tough year, but he will be forever grateful for the time Mr Peters gave him to be with his mother before she died in August.
"During the day I was in parliament but at night he allowed me to fly back to my mother's bedside and hold her hand during the night and while the Olympics were on I was there holding her hand and telling her how the Olympians were doing. I'd stay up all night with her in a chair and then fly back to Wellington the next morning. A lot of people don't know that and Winston and I are going to be at loggerheads for a while but there is a side to Winston that I will always respect," he says.
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