National MPs stay ‘strong’ amidst ‘disloyalty and threatening behaviour’

RNZ, Wellington, October 16, 2018
Jami-Lee Ross says that National Party leader Simon Bridges is a ‘corrupt politician,’ but Mr Bridges says the allegations are ‘entirely false.’
In an extraordinary move, Mr Ross said today he will resign from Parliament and lay a police complaint against Mr Bridges.
Mr Ross alleged Mr Bridges contravened electoral donation law and will lay a complaint with police. But Mr Bridges said the accusations were baseless and he invited Mr Ross to take them to police.
‘We are talking about a guy who is lying, leaking, who is lashing out’, he said.
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National MP Jami-Lee Ross is to resign his seat and step down from the National Party, and will stand as an independent in any by-election for his Botany seat.
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Oct 16, 2018 3:43 PM
RNZ Live
We’re signing off from live updates for now, but Checkpoint will have more on the story from 5 pm.

 

Oct 16, 2018 3;26 PM
RNZ Live
National’s also swiftly removed Jami-Lee Ross from its website – there’s just a blank space where his profile used to be:


Oct 16, 2018 3:21 PM
RNZ Live
National’s made quick work of ridding the Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross from its ranks at Parliament.
Shadow Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee has told the Speaker to strike him off their Parliamentary list.
Ahead of Question Time today, Speaker Trevor Mallard stood and informed the House that the National Party Parliamentary membership had changed.
Oct 16, 2018 3;15 PM
RNZ Live
The photos that Jami-Lee Ross tweeted earlier appear to come from this web page.
Below is a photo with Jami-Lee Ross and Simon Bridges together in it;


Oct 16, 2018 2:30 PM
RNZ Live
Jame-Lee Ross has just tweeted these pictures:
“I said this morning I would release pictures relating to the May events I outlined. The follow pictures are of Simon Bridges at a private dinner on 14 May. I was also there.” — Jami-Lee Ross on Twitter (@jamileeross) 
twitter.com/jamileeross/status/1052008440770359296
twitter.com/jamileeross/status/1052009756661956609/photo/1
Oct 16, 2018 2:11 PM
RNZ Live
And here’s the Kelly’s Heroes (Burning Bridges) theme song if you’d like to listen to it in full:
youtu.be/kgeIINs1TrQ
Oct 16, 2018 2:09 PM
RNZ Live
When first reports on this came in we thought it was a joke- but there’s video evidence!
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