Taxpayers get bill for MPs' campaign trips

Taxpayers get bill for MPs’ campaign tripsMPs dipped into the public purse to help campaign in the Mt Albert by-election by taking free flights to get there and attending unrelated meetings so taxpayers would pick up their hotel bills. At least 17 MPs from outside Auckland… [NZ Herald Politics]

The Herald has an article on troughing MP’s using our money to travel to Mt Albert for campaigning. Labour of course had the most.

MPS IN MT ALBERT

The Herald saw at least 17 out-of-Auckland MPs on the campaign trail.

LABOUR HAD 12

Annette King, Darren Hughes, Maryan Street, Moana Mackey, Sue Moroney, Grant Robertson, Jacinda Ardern, Clare Curran, David Parker, Charles Chauvel, Grant Robertson and Clayton Cosgrove.

NATIONAL HAD THREE

John Carter, David Carter and Aaron Gilmore.

THE GREENS HAD TWO

Metiria Turei and Sue Kedgley.

They omit Trevor Mallard and of course Russel Norman. I note also that Simon Bridges was also spotted in Auckland but that may well have coincided with a visit to his wife who has a business in Auckland.

Technically speaking if John Carter is counted then so should Phil Goff, he lives about as far from his electorate as John Carter was from his.

Now you know why I say Labour litterally spent our money securing Mt Albert which was a must win for them and Phil Goff. The irony is that they may well have assisted in putting in parliament Phil Goff’s eventual successor.

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