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.
Oct 16, 2018 3:43 PM
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
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
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
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;