The National Party have been slow on the uptake, with the stories about Northland MP Mike Sabinâ€™s repeated offending being known for about a month.
Police have been investigating an assault complaint against government MP Mike Sabin.
The investigation is related to events in Northland, but detectives working on the case are based in Waitemata, north Auckland.
The investigation was moved south from Whangarei because Sabin was a police officer based there until 2006.
The officer in charge, Detective Inspector Kevin Hooper, refused to confirm Sabin was the subject of an investigation.
The story itself, which National have sat on for weeks, is almost too horrible for words, and there is little doubt that there will be a by-election in Northland.
This is the problem you get when you have an ethically challenged party hierarchy.
Northland was a strong National seat under John Carter, but it has lost a lot of its members and organisational knowledge since he has left.
Even so the by election will be won by National, as it the majority is currently 9300, and Labourâ€™s well regarded Willow-Jean Prime is pregnant so it is unlikely she will be able to contest the by election. Â Â Read more »