Who is the leaker?

The back channel chatter suggests that the leaker of Simon Bridges’ travel expenses is in fact a National caucus member.

My sources inside National as well as inside Labour are saying it is now known who the leaker is and it is only a matter of time before they are outed: Quote:

The “chatter” around Parliament is that Simon Bridges’ expenses details were leaked by one of his own MPs, says Labour’s Michael Wood.

Newshub on Monday revealed the National Party leader spent more than $100,000 in just three months on travel and accommodation. The information wasn’t due to be released until Thursday, but was leaked to Newshub political editor Tova O’Brien, who won’t reveal her sources.

An inquiry has been launched to find the culprit.

“There was a bit of chat around Parliament about someone yesterday, but we don’t really know,” Mr Wood told The AM Show on Friday, saying there was a “lot of chatter” around a National MP. End quote.  

I wonder perhaps if that is the MP that had Speaker Trevor Mallard leave the house and stalk the corridors of the National party offices while Anne Tolley sat in his chair during question three on Thursday. Quote:

Mr Wood wouldn’t name names – perhaps because he was sitting right next to Judith Collins, who unsuccessfully challenged for the leadership earlier this year, has shown up in Newshub’s preferred Prime Minister rankings only a few points behind Mr Bridges, and – going by “chatter” on social media – is the public’s number one suspect. 

She said it “absolutely” wasn’t her, and when the forensic experts check her computer, they’ll find “nothing to see”.

“I’ll just be gutted if it’s someone in our party. I don’t know who it is,” she told The AM Show.

Ms Collins wouldn’t name any suspects.

“I’ve learned never to do that. Just wait and see.”

Asked if it turned out to be an MP, if they should resign, she didn’t say yes or no.

“Let’s have a look, but I’d be really gutted if it’s somebody who’s breached the trust of [inaudible].” End quote.

They will have to resign, because if it is a National MP it will have caused destabilisation of the leader and also no one will ever speak to them again. It was also a stupid move as there was no real gain and it looks like it will blow back on them bigly.

It is looking more and more like it was a National MP and that then leads to questions over why it was that Simon Bridges was so strident for an inquiry.

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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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