The Clown of Campbell’s Bay won’t get any answers until after the election

There is nothing so shameful as an out of sort MP trying to sue a party that doesn’t want him.

No surprises that this is Andrew Williams.

The High Court at Auckland will wait until after the election to hear a claim from New Zealand First MP Andrew Williams that his party has unfairly axed him from the party list.

Mr Williams is seeking a judicial review, claiming that the way he was treated breached the party’s constitutional requirement for fairness.

He was originally dropped from three to 13 on the draft party list, and then dumped from the official list altogether.

Mr Williams said in a statement today that his case had been set down for November 27. He had wanted a court date after the election so it would not be a distraction for the party during the election campaign.

After the draft list was leaked, Mr Williams complained to the media and blamed party deputy leader Tracey Martin for his low placing.

Not only was he dropped down the list then rinsed completely after he whinged but it seems now he has been chucked out of the caucus and party as well.  

He has disappeared completely from the NZ First website.

NZ First has lost a quarter of the MPs this term.

Mr Williams said in a statement he was a “hard-working, competent New Zealand First MP” with 11 portfolios and three associate portfolios.

“I was given no reason for my demotion to 13th place and was subsequently removed from the party list altogether. The manner in which I have been mistreated by the party has forced me to seek court declarations that the revocation of my electorate and list candidacies, and my removal from the party list, breached the processes in the party’s constitution for fair treatment.

“There are numerous protections in the New Zealand First Constitution to ensure fair treatment, which I have not been accorded. As the matter is now before the court, I do not intend to make further comment.”

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has declined to comment, as the matter was before the court.

Andrew Williams might well have worked hard but he broke NZ First’s Omertà rules…he spoke against the party and against Winston Peters.

If NZ First was the mafia, then he would have concrete flippers and exploring a harbour somewhere. He has instead got the political equivalent.

 

– NZ Herald


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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