No charges for Clutha Southland MP Todd Barclay

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay will not face charges relating to an allegation he recorded private communications.

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay will not face charges relating to an allegation he recorded private communications.

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay will not face charges in relation to an allegation that he recorded private communications.

The allegation came after the resignation of his Gore-based senior electorate agent Glenys Dickson in February, with a party official citing an "employment problem" between the pair.

A police spokesman said in a statement they received a complaint in February 2016 regarding an allegation that private communications had been intercepted by an individual.

The complaint was assessed and an investigation was commenced. This investigation examined all the available information, including interviews with key witnesses. 


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The file was also referred to the Police legal section for review. 
After consideration of all relevant information and the Solicitor General's prosecution guidelines, Police determined there was insufficient evidence to prosecute, the statement says.  
All the relevant parties had been informed of this decision, the statement says.

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Barclay said he welcomed the decision.

"I welcome this decision and pleased that we can move on. I'm looking forward to continuing to engage with National Party members about what my team and I have been working on over the last three years, and my plans to keep up the momentum for Clutha-Southland into 2017." 

Dickson, who won a place on the Gore District Council in October, could not be contacted for comment.

Barclay told Stuff on Tuesday he had not spoken to police about the allegation.It was revealed this week Barclay faces a challenge for the National party selection for next year's election, with Queenstown funds manager Simon Flood seeking the party's nomination.


 - Stuff

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