Benson-Pope missing in action

Benson-Pope has announced he is unavailable for questions at the Social Services Select Committee next Wednesday, apparently with no excuse proffered.

Judith Collins is after the wayward minister with avengence.

 "I am disappointed that Mr Benson-Pope is not prepared to front up and answer questions about a big-spending Ministry that consumes a large chunk of government revenue.

 "Financial reviews are extremely important and if this Minister isn’t prepared to be accountable then he should move aside for someone who is."

 Mr Benson-Pope’s failure to attend next week’s select committee follows on from his no-show in Parliament last week to answer questions about a police report into historic assault allegations.

 "Mr Benson-Pope should be taking this opportunity to show the public that he is back in the saddle and earning his ministerial salary. Unfortunately, he has missed his opportunity," says Ms Collins.

Benson-Pope is a lame-duck minister, and this government is fast living up to expectations that it would fall into farce.


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