And as we drove into Wanganui, we heard Barry Soper advise that Phil Goff has admitted to knowing of this matter for two weeks, despite having previously denied any knowledge of it when asked by journalists. Imagine the outrage from the left had John Key knowingly misled journalists. Instead it's all the Beehive's fault says Phil! Oh dear!!
So, who's been a naughty boy then? Vernon Small from the Dom-Post reports:
Labour MPs have closed ranks and are refusing to comment about allegations that police are investigating an incident involving a senior Labour MP.
Stuff.co.nz understands the complainant was an 18-year-old male who has had links to Labour.
The MP who was the subject of the allegations did not return calls, and Labour sources said last night that senior MPs were in crisis talks over the issue.
But Labour leader Phil Goff did not return calls and his chief press secretary and chief of staff both would only say "no comment". They refused to confirm or deny the allegations or confirm there had been a complaint.
It is understood no charges have been laid by police but that they are investigating.
When there were allegations of impropriety surrounding Richard Worth, he immediately stood down as a Minister having been told by the Prime Minister that he would be sacked if he did not resign. Worth ultimately resigned as an MP when John Key indicated that there was no future for him in a Key-led National Party.
It will be interesting to see whether Goff takes similar decisive action, and whether the MP in question is a Goff supporter or one of the infamous Chris Carter Seventeen. This is certainly shaping up as a significant test of Goff's leadership.