Mickey Woodhouse has a drink driving conviction. Â Did the papers find out via hacking? Â Nope, the minister and Key wants it out there in advance.
Police Minister Michael Woodhouse has owned up to a past drink-driving conviction during a wide-ranging interview about his new portfolio.
Asked if he had had any brushes with the law, Woodhouse revealed: “I have a conviction for driving with excess blood alcohol – it’s 27 years old, I was 21.”
He said: “You’ve asked, I can’t say no . . . I suppose that’s on the public record.”
People with drink-driving convictions are not allowed to become police officers. Woodhouse was appointed police minister this month.
Those that can, do. Â Those who can’t, become ministers.
Prime Minister John Key’s office confirmed last night that Woodhouse disclosed his conviction when applying to become a National Party candidate in 2008.
Woodhouse did not offer further details of the incident, but it has been reported that he was working for the BNZ about that time, before leaving in 1987 to play rugby in Britain.
Asked if he was now an upstanding MP, he said: “Certainly there’s too many eyes to be getting into too much mischief.”
Interesting dodge, don’t you think? Â Sill hedging. Â Wonder why… Â Read more »