Key defends Foster-Bell as a hard worker. Really? List his achievements

John Key is defending Paul Foster-Bell. Stuff knows why. He’s done nothing.

Prime Minister John Key has defended the high travel bill for one of his backbench MPs.

Paul Foster-Bell has also faced accusations of poor management after reportedly having 12 staff leave over a period of three years.

The former diplomat and list MP racked up a $61,090 travel and accommodation bill last year – the third-highest for Wellington-based MPs.

Asked about those expenses today, Mr Key said Mr Foster-Bell was among a group of MPs that tended to travel more, as that was required by the party.

“It’s not unusual for us to use a list MP, certainly someone with skills like he has in foreign affairs, around the country. Other MPs ask him to support them in terms of talks or seminars … or to fill in, for instance, for ministers.”

Grinding away in Dunedin week after week is hardly helping in foreign affairs.

Mr Foster-Bell was not available for interview. In a statement he said he believed his travel was within rules and for a Parliamentary purpose.

He would not provide details about what travel was funded last year.

Last night Newshub reported that Mr Foster-Bell had 12 staff leave in a period of three years, with one saying he was a “bully”.

Other former staff said they left on good terms.

It might be within the rules but a trougher is a trougher is a trougher. He needs to explain why he spends so much time in Dunedin when he is a Wellington-based list MP.

Key really needs to try harder…perhaps a long list of Foster-Bell’s achievements might help?

 

– NZ Herald


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