Horan says he never stole a cent

TRACY WATKINS
Last updated 16:27 10/12/2012
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Expelled former NZ First MP Brendan Horan says he has "never stolen a cent from [his] mother". 

"My relationship with my mother was such that if I ever required anything all I needed to do was ask," Horan told Radio Live today after his expulsion from the NZ First caucus last week.

NZ First leader Winston Peters said last week he had "substantive" information had been provided to him which meant he no longer had confidence in his MP.

Peters urged Horan to resign from Parliament but he is vowing to stay as an independent.

He reiterated that today and said he would stay through to 2014 because he had done nothing wrong.

The sacking came just over a week after concerns were first revealed over money missing from Horan's mother's accounts.

Horan's parliamentary telephone records were later leaked showing a large number of calls to the TAB.

The MP today defended the calls and denied misusing his parliamentary telephone account. He also rejected suggestions it showed he had a gambling problem.

"Look, the total amount is around $20 over 10 months; there was an average of around 14 calls a month but most of the calls were made in December and January before Parliament started. A lot of it I was actually with my mother, sitting down in front of the TV, my mother loved to have a flutter."

He said a fringe benefit tax was paid on his telephone so it could be used for personal calls. He questioned why his records were leaked.

"The percentage of calls I made is actually very small ... I believe the records were used selectively for political gain. My concern is that the records were leaked ... that's just so politically irresponsible it's not funny. There are people who've rung me who will lose their jobs if those records are discovered."

Some months there had only been four or five calls to the TAB.

"I don't really think that shows I've got a problem with horses."

He said there may have been cheques from his mother but so far no one had shown him specifics.

"She may have given me some cheques ... mothers tend to do that. And if she did, so what?  But it's a long time ago and so I have to see the specifics of the cheques ... that's why I've got my lawyer and that's what we're doing."

 But it was not unusual for people to be helped out by their mother. His own mother had helped out every member of the family.

He would be releasing his response to the various allegations this week.

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"There have been figures bandied about. What I read from the papers ... those things will all be bought but by the lawyers and we're only days away from that. My intention is to get everything out in the open and clear my name."

Meanwhile, he did not want to talk about his brother Mana Ormsby, who appeared to be behind the allegations.

"I don't want to talk about my brother. It's not fair. He's from my family. I don't hold much love for him in my heart right now but he is from my family and he is being exploited. I have never stolen a cent from my mother. My relationship with my mother was such that if I ever required anything all I needed to do was ask."

- The Dominion Post

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