It looks like the back-room boys have done their work after the call went out mid-week that the board wasn’t getting anywhere.
Some calls have been made, some stern words been had, and Aaron Gilmore is gone. Job done.
Disgraced National List MP Aaron Gilmore has announced he will resign from Parliament.
“It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce my intention to resign from Parliament,” Mr Gilmore said in a statement.
“After taking counsel from colleagues and family in recent days, I have decided that to stay on in Parliament would only serve to cause my loved ones more upset, and cause me undeserved further stress.”
Mr Gilmore said media scrutiny in recent days since reports of his night out in Hanmer Springs where he was abusive to a waiter had “put me and those who are important to me under immense pressure with an attempt to discredit me”.
“I have made mistakes. I am human. But the attacks on my integrity have started taking a toll on those around me and this is unfair on them.”
Mr Gilmore said he’d advised the National Party’s whips of his decision.
“I also want to make clear my support for the National Party and Prime Minister John Key remains unwavering.”
Questions now need to be asked about some key members of the board and their performance over the past few weeks, notably Peter Goodfellow and Roger Bridge.
A couple of phone calls and the knifing was done…that is how it should be done not endless conference calls with yelling and finger-pointing.