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National list MP Paul Foster-Bell is defending a huge spike in his taxpayer-funded expenses as he campaigned for a seat selection.
Wellington-based Foster-Bell’s spending increased from $7459 between July and September last year to $14, 224 in the following October to December quarter. Between January and March, he claimed $12,732. He has claimed almost $35,000 in travel expenses in just over a year.
Foster-Bell sought selection in Whangarei but lost to Dr Shane Reti. But Foster-Bell says he was not using public cash for political campaigning, and all his spending is within the rules. “I am adamant that I am not just squeaky clean but 110 per cent squeaky clean,” he insisted. Read more »