December 17, 2012
NZ First happy to put Horan saga behind it
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says once the facts are out people will appreciate the speed with which he acted to dump MP Brendan Horan from his caucus.
Mr Peters acted after receiving material about a family dispute involving allegations of money missing from the bank account of the former television weatherman’s late mother.
"I am absolutely confident the outcome will show we acted promptly and correctly, that we had been seriously mislead and for a considerable time and when you do get the evidence, as you can see from some recent newspaper articles, then I acted with all the speed I possibly could. I wasn't going to wait around one more minute longer when I knew conclusively what I needed to know," he says.
Mr Peters says "Mr Horan declared himself an independent and it’s no longer New Zealand First’s business what happens to him".
Brendan Horan has denied any wrong doing with regards to his mother’s estate, and denies having a gambling problem, despite his parliamentary cell phone records showing 144 calls to a TAB betting services.
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