Sacked MP says he'll 'work for all New Zealanders'
Former NZ First MP Brendan Horan says he will stand for Parliament in 2014 and in the meantime will remain to "work for taxpayers [and] all New Zealanders".
NZ First severed its final links with Mr Horan on Monday night after confirming that his membership had lapsed once he informed Parliament's Speaker Lockwood Smith that he was remaining in Parliament as an independent.
Mr Horan was expelled from the NZ First caucus after leader Winston Peters said he had lost confidence in him. He had received "substantive" information after allegations about money from Mr Horan's late mother's estate.
Mr Horan, who continues to receive his backbencher salary of $141,000 plus an expense allowance, told Radio New Zealand he had a mandate to remain in Parliament and represent the people of Tauranga, who voted for him.
He got 12.88 per cent of the vote in Tauranga, third behind National's Simon Bridges on 61.4 per cent of the vote.
He would not say whether he would stand as an independent or seek to stand for another party in 2014.
Mr Horan was back in Parliament yesterday after being granted two days' leave. He has complained to police and the privacy commissioner after telephone records were leaked showing he had used his taxpayer-funded mobile phone to make numerous calls to the TAB.
Mr Horan says leaking his records for "political gain" was "grossly irresponsible and reckless" and there was nothing wrong with making the calls, which added up to only about $20.
He originally authorised the release of the records by Parliamentary Service, after Mr Peters asked to see them.
Mr Horan said details would be released this week discounting allegations that he took money from his late mother's estate.
"I've done nothing wrong, so why should I resign from Parliament?"
The Dominion Post