So yesterday Audrey Young breathlessly reported something that actually wasn’t true and set off a media frenzy that was sparked by an outright lie in the ACT email newsletter.
Former Act leader Don Brash made an approach to Act president John Thompson recently to ask whether National’s Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson could join the party, Act leader David Seymour has revealed.
Mr Seymour said the board had unanimously rejected any such notion.
Mr Seymour also said he believed the approach by Dr Brash would have been authorized by Mr Williamson.
Mr Williamson was forced to resign as minister in May last year when Herald Investigations editor Jared Savage revealed Mr Williamson had contacted a high ranking police officer about domestic charges against a wealthy businessman with close ties to him.
Mr Seymour said taking someone into the party because they were having problems with their own party was the worst possible reason for getting a new MP.