August 08, 2017
Turei history lesson splits Greens
Green Party MPs have spent the morning in a crisis meeting on what to do with two MPs who have threatened to quit as candidates over Metiria Turei's admission of benefit fraud.
David Clendon and Kennedy Graham wanted Ms Turei to step down as co-leader because they say lying to a government agency is untenable.
Ms Turei revealed two weeks ago that when she received a domestic purposes benefit more than 20 years ago she failed to inform Work and Income she had flatmates, which would have affected the amount of accommodation supplement she was paid.
She says she will stay on, because revealing her story was part of the party's fight to have compassionate welfare rather than welfare that punishes people.
Co-leader James Shaw wants to kick the two MPs out of the caucus and the party.
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