Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Brendan Horan is staying

Brendan Horan wants to stay in Parliament, and has met with Speaker Lockwood Smith to express that wish; Stuff reports:

Dumped NZ First MP Brendan Horan has confirmed he wants to remain in Parliament as an independent MP.
Horan made the comments on the way to a meeting with Parliament's Speaker this morning, a day after being expelled from his party by leader Winston Peters.
The MP had attended a select committee meeting after turning up to Parliament. He was also understood to be moving offices.
Horan reiterated he was not told of the decision to dump him from NZ First prior to Peters' announcement yesterday afternoon.
"If the leader of the party doesn't want you then I'm not one to go begging back, but my core values haven't changed and my beliefs haven't changed."
He was surprised by Peter's announcement and said there were "a number of disappointments". 

A media scrum gathered around Mr Speaker's office whilst Mr Horan was in there, although RadioLive reports that he has now "gone into hiding". It will be interesting to see whether Brendan Horan fronts up at Question Time this afternoon, and whereabouts in the netherworld that is the very back benches he is relocated.

There's also the question of his vote. New Zealand First now only has a bloc of seven votes on any issue. Horan will vote as an independent. The last independent MP in recent times, Te Atatu MP Chris Carter gave a proxy to the Green Party rather than to Labour. Whether Mr Horan will give his vote to NZ First or give a proxy to some other party is unknown. But his vote could conceivably be up for grabs, especially if he wants to prove a point to Winston Peters.

There's still a lot of water to pass under the bridge with regard to Brendan Horan. It has certainly added a new dynamic to the political landscape.


jabba said...

Horan will still have to represent his constituents KS

Missy said...

This illustrates one of the biggest problems with MMP, I don't believe an MP who is in Parliament on the list has the right to remain in Parliament once expelled from their party. It is the party who has won those seats through the party vote, not the individual, who wins their seats through the electorate vote.

IHStewart said...

Just spotted this.

" Embattled MP Brendan Horan used his parliamentary phone line to call a TAB betting number 12 times within four hours, according to a report."

I would have though an MP's phone line should be confidential.

Missy said...

I would think a MP's phone line is as confidential as anyone else's at work, and I would presume that like anyone at work, the numbers called are recorded, and tracked, though not the phone calls.