Labour leader Phil Goff says he has nothing to hide after disgraced MP Chris Carter threatened to expose the secrets of his former colleagues in an attempt to save his tattered political reputation.
“What he does is up to him. I have no skeletons in my closet. I’m not particularly worried about it,” Mr Goff said.
Labour Party president Andrew Little revealed today that Mr Carter had threatened to disclose the private information of other Labour MPs if expelled from the party.
Mr Carter, the MP for Te Atatu, was expelled by Labour’s national council after a lengthy hearing last night.
During the meeting Mr Carter threatened to disclose private information about unnamed Labour MPs if he was expelled, Mr Little said.
”He just said he had a lot of information on a lot of individuals in the caucus and that he wouldn’t hesitate to disclose that if it suited him to do so,” Mr Little said.
”That threat was clear, but we couldn’t be persuaded by that threat. It’s not a very persuasive argument.”
Mr Goff said Chris Carter was a sideshow and the party had moved on.
Goff is toughing it out, but let’s see the dirt file. Are there any, for example, senior Labour MPs who are themselves hiding behind name suppression? That would be a bit hypocritical considering all the public statements about David Garrett.
Phil Goff looks the winner so far but the constant distraction of Carter and now Te Atatu will be whittling away any semblance of strength Phil Goff has, which is precious little.