Labour cheats caught again

Labour just can’t stop cheating when it comes to democracy. It seems that the Opposition Spokeman for Homeless MPs has been caught campaigning on behalf of Len Brown.

Labour MP Phil Twyford is meeting the Parliamentary Service following an accusation from ACT leader Rodney Hide about improper use of parliamentary resources.

Mr Hide, who is Minister for Local Government, released a statement today saying he had referred “a member” to the general manager of Parliamentary Service today for using parliamentary resources to promote candidates.

That is understood to be in relation to Labour MP Phil Twyford using office resources to endorse Auckland super city mayoralty candidate Len Brown.

Mr Hide said he wanted to remind MPs that they were prohibited from using resources provided to them as an MP to endorse candidates in local government elections.

“It is vital to maintain local government’s democratic independence and to act in accordance with New Zealand’s important democratic principles,” he said.

“As such, individual MPs should not use their taxpayer provided resources to influence local government elections in any way.”

He said he wanted to caution other MPs against “such inappropriate behaviour”.

Phil Twyford is claiming the “genuine mistake” defense. That is kind of like the “guilty of nothing more than being helpful to his constituents” defense used by Michael Cullen to explain away the corrupt behaviour of Phillip Field.

Twyford this afternoon acknowledged he should not have used his parliamentary email to endorse candidates in the local body elections.

“Parliamentary Services have told me that there is a case to answer and that it has been referred to the Speaker’s Office. This was a genuine mistake. I am now aware of the rules and I won’t be making this mistake again.

“It wasn’t my intention to break the rules and I apologise.”

I call bullshit on that. I most most certainly his intention to send out that email.

Twyford’s email, obtained by Stuff, was sent from the parliamentary address of Sonny Thomas, who is a former Young Labour member. It has Twyford’s email signature at the bottom.

It says: “I am writing now to urge you to vote, if you haven’t already, in the local government elections. A lot is at stake.

“If you are in Auckland, your choice will help determine what kind of super city we end up with. If we elect the right people to the mayoralty, council and boards they will be able to un-do much of the harm Rodney Hide has done over the last eighteen months. Vote Len Brown for Mayor.”

The email includes contact details for people to get in touch with if they want to door knock or join a telephone campaign “to get the vote out”.

“For the Council and local boards please vote for Labour and City Vision candidates,” the email says.

It lists candidates supported by City Vision.

“Whatever you do, don’t vote Citizens & Ratepayers. They are, after all, National and ACT,” the email states.

Once again Labour has been caught red-handed, I wonder if this will prompt Bernard Orsman to look a bit deeper in covering Labour and Len Brown’s inappropriate use of ratepayer and taxpayer funded services. Somehow I doubt it.

Labour = Fraud, Labour loves Len Brown, Len Brown = Fraud

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