Today in politics: Wednesday, March 5

Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014

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Craig to fight defamation case on 'women in kitchen'

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig intends to go ahead with a defamation action against Greens co-leader Russel Norman but will concentrate on his claims Craig thought a woman's place was in the kitchen.

The second half of Norman's comments – that he thought a gay man's place was in the closet – would be put on the backburner, because of costs. Norman will fight the case and has called for donations towards legal costs. 

McCully not about to make way for Craig in electorate

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has ruled out soft-pedalling in East Coast Bays to give Craig a seat. He has also spurned talk of him giving up his day job to secure NZ First support for a National-led government.

''It's very interesting to wake up in some tough place on the other side of the world and find from the newspapers that people are trying to give your seat to Colin Craig and your portfolio to Winston Peters. I wonder what I'm doing wrong some days.''

Cunliffe uses machine gun for foot-shooting

Labour leader David Cunliffe must have wondered why he got out of bed yesterday. After cancelling  morning media slots to sort out the trust donations debacle, he turned up at Parliament without his security swipe card.

He was discovered, looking forlorn, on the wrong side of the door by press gallery reporters. It was a day of blunders, when his speech notes and ICT policy were emailed to a minister, he had to apologise to colleagues over his trust gaffe.

City Mission benefits from MPs' rugby exploits

The parliamentary rugby team has picked the Wellington City Mission as its charity this year, and a cheque for $10,240 was handed to mission chief executive Michelle Branney on the steps of Parliament yesterday.

Co-captains of the team, MPs Damien O'Connor and Mark Mitchell, said because MPs spent so much time in Wellington it was appropriate to support a charity committed to helping its less fortunate people

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- The Dominion Post


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