MP Todd Barclay maintains he 'did nothing wrong’ amid claims of secretly recording former staffer video

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A hush payment was made to former Government staffer Glenys Dickson after she was secretly recorded. For the full 30-minute video, visit Newsroom.co.nz

This article was first published on Newsroom.co.nz and is republished with permission. For the full 30-minute video, visit Newsroom.co.nz

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay has defended himself against accusations of secretly recording a former staffer, saying he "didn't do anything wrong."

Barclay has denied speaking to Prime Minister Bill English about the recordings - despite a text from English seeming to confirm they had been made.

Todd Barclay maintains that he has done nothing wrong over the secret taping row.
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Todd Barclay maintains that he has done nothing wrong over the secret taping row.

A Newsroom investigation has raised a number of questions about the first-term MP's conduct and whether he did in fact record his former electoral agent Glenys Dickson.

READ MORE: Newsroom investigation reveals secret payment over bugging of Government staffer 

Approached by Newsroom at Wellington Airport to discuss the story, Barclay said he had nothing to add to comments he had made previously.

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MP Todd Barclay insists he did nothing wrong in relation to the secret recording of an employee. For the full 30-minute video, visit Newsroom.co.nz

"Look I've covered this topic quite extensively with the media over the last 18 months now and I've got nothing further to add."

Asked whether that meant he hadn't recorded her, Barclay replied: "I'm saying I didn't do anything wrong - I've been open with media, the police, everyone who's wanted to talk to me about this particular topic."

However, the police file on the Barclay investigation shows he in fact refused to cooperate with them. After two attempts to contact him, on July 12 and July 29 2016, Barclay's solicitor told the lead investigator he would not making a statement in relation to the investigation.

The Newsroom investigation also reveals that Dickson and others in the electorate were threatened and intimidated by ...
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The Newsroom investigation also reveals that Dickson and others in the electorate were threatened and intimidated by others since falling out with Barclay.

An unredacted copy of the police file obtained by Newsroom includes a text message from English to an official in his former Clutha-Southland electorate, seemingly confirming that Barclay had been recording Dickson.

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Barclay denied speaking to English about the recording, saying he "didn't have a discussion with the prime minister about anything in relation to this at all".

However, according to Dickson's statement in the unredacted file, English phoned her at home to tell her that Barclay had admitted to making the recordings when the pair spoke.

Barclay has repeatedly sought to downplay allegations of that he secretly recorded his former employee.
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Barclay has repeatedly sought to downplay allegations of that he secretly recorded his former employee.

"Bill apparently told Todd that he didn't want to listen to this rubbish."

When Barclay was asked why English had sent the text about him making the recording, he replied: "Well, I don't know anything about that."

He said he had not yelled at staff in his offices, but declined to answer further questions.

This article was first published on Newsroom.co.nz and is republished with permission. For the full 30-minute video, visit Newsroom.co.nz

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