Horan claims vindication on estate allegations

INDEPENDENT: Former television weatherman turned MP Brendan Horan.
INDEPENDENT: Former television weatherman turned MP Brendan Horan.

A culture of party loyalty before voters has prompted Brendan Horan to start a new political venture consisting of independent MPs.

The announcement comes as Mr Horan said he had been cleared of any wrongdoing over his late mother's accounts.

Mr Horan became an independent MP after being expelled from NZ First in 2012 amid allegations he illegally took money from his late mother, Olwen Horan.

"There was never any wrongdoing, and from the start I said that," he said yesterday.

"I've been in a position where there was no due process and I was consistently and maliciously defamed over the past year and my reputation's sullied. I'm sick of it. It was complete rubbish; it always was and people should have checked their sources."

But sources who have seen estate executor John Buckthought's final determination believe it does not "clear" Mr Horan. It says money is being eaten up by legal fees and the estate should be settled in the interests of the beneficiaries.

Mr Horan's lawyer, Paul Mabey, QC, has denied reports that a settlement of the estate took place to save money.

Fairfax Media understands more than $100,000 was spent on the investigation and lawyers, including fees to defend an unsuccessful court action by Mr Horan aimed at having Mr Buckthought removed as executor.

The Dominion Post