John Stringer has decided to resign from the Conservative Party Board to move the focus away from “Colin vs John” and to allow the Board to focus on the issues of due process. [See resignation email below].
“A principal reason for stepping aside for now, is the online abuse my wife, myself and Board members are receiving from the Craig camp.
“Also, the difficulty the Board is placed in re neutrality. As the only person prepared to speak up against Colin Craig, who persists – despite being suspended from the Party – in running a media ‘corporate raiding’ campaign against the Conservative Party (with illegal use of our confidential database) is I feel it is incompatible to serve on a neutral Board at this time.”
NOTE: “There was no earlier legal “suspension” by Brian Dobbs as cited by sacked Party member Colin Craig, or any “Board disciplinary session.” The latter was not moved or seconded by any Board meeting, and John Stringer has never been invited to attend any suspension or disciplinary hearings in the past.
~ John Stringer
Conservative Party of NZ.
Outgoing Interim Acting Chair
From: john stringer <j.stringer@clear….
Subject: Resignation: John Stringer
Date: 2 July 2015 10:32:16 AM NZST
Cc: Nathaniel Heslop <nathaniel.heslop@icloud….> Party Secretary
Dear Board Colleagues. CC Nathaniel as Party Secretary.
I think it best in the current circumstances, after a long and weary season of wrestling with oddities in the Conservative Party; that I step aside from the Board. This will allow you all space to try and resolve what are now complex matters separate from distractions
over “Colin vs John.”
I wish to take the heat and focus away from the personalities; I have never wished this to be a confrontation between Colin and myself, but unfortunately, that is what it has become.
There is now acrimonious debate and division on various Party websites, and we, and you, are suffering significant abuse from different factions within our Party on private pages.
It is also very problematic trying as a Board member and de facto Acting Chair, to speak in the media in answer to untruths and provocations from one side which places the Board in a non-neutral circumstance. I cannot do that to you.
Stepping down for now, will allow me, however, to speak openly, and to counter a campaign against myself and the Board. I will continue that as a free person in the interests of transparency and truth..
My goal always has been, and remains, to salvage the Conservative Party for the future, and try and build a future for it. That remains unchanged, and if at a later date, when things have settled, I am more than happy to accept a nomination to sit on the Board in the future, especially representing South Island members.
So, please accept my resignation from the Board at 10.30pm today, Thursday 2 July.
For the record:
a) I believe the current Board is legitimate.
b) That Colin Craig’s suspension from the Party is necessary and proper.
c) That the so-called “Stringer suspension” of a week ago (25/6) was a contrivance and cannot stand up to any scrutiny.
My very best regards and wishes for the future.
Well well well.