NZ’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician – John Leggett

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On Sunday we busted Marlborough Mayoral Candidate John Leggett for speaking BS psycho babble.

Now he has earned a nomination for NZ’s Dodgiest Local Government Politician because he seems not to understand conflicts of interest.

Together with 30 years of local legal experience and knowledge I have a wealth of experience on council.

I’m chair of the Community and Finance Committee and the District Licensing Committee.

I’m a member of the Assets and Services Committee, Regional Planning and Development Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and the Regional Transport Committee.

I’m also a director of MDC Holdings Ltd and a board member of the Marlborough Research Centre.

So the questions we want answered are:

1. Are you conflicted if you are a director of MRC and a council deciding on funding for the MRC?

2. If elected would Gerald Hope be conflicted out of votes for funding for the MRC?

3. Are you happy with your vote against an interest register?

4. Are you telling the Theatre Trust people backing your campaign what you actually think about the management of the theatre?

Maybe these questions could be answered at the meeting the candidates meeting tonight, especially the third one as the Tipline has been running hot with stories from council staff who are distressed that so much money can be wasted on such a project without anyone being held to account.

If anyone is at the meeting and asks the questions can you please send us through answers.


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