New Conservatives are on an elephant hunt

GRAHAME COX/STUFF National MP Jami-Lee Ross.

In an article on their website the New Conservatives take a swing at Jami-Lee Ross. Some of their accusations are fair but they seem to have completely misunderstood the issue of proxy voting and who decides how a proxy vote is cast. Quote.

New Conservative has been the vanguard, standing against the attacks on free speech, our sovereignty and the thickening fog of this current government’s claim of ?transparency’. End quote.

And congratulations are due for this. It is sorely needed. Quote.

Now, we confront another growing elephant in the room. Botany.

Since the dramatic events surrounding and following Jamie Lee Ross?s expulsion from the National party, there has been no voice and no advocate for the people of the Botany electorate.

Not only is there no voice or advocacy, it is understood that the now independent MP is still collecting thousands of taxpayer dollars every week for doing nothing as an MP. While the average worker may get two weeks sick pay, he has now enjoyed two months sick pay plus holiday pay. End quote.

Where does that put maternity leave takers? Ms Genter took three months. Or Nikki Kaye having a few months off for cancer treatment? Quote.

And as a further act of betrayal, the Botany vote is currently controlled by none other than Winston Peters (the great proponent of the Waka Jumping Bill) and his party, as per the proxy vote taken in the last months of 2018.

This is unacceptable, and must be confronted. End quote.

Fact check: Winston and NZ First are not controlling the Botany vote. Ross has directed NZ First to place his vote alongside National. NZ First simply register his vote, they do not decide where to register it. Quote.

?Jamie-Lee Ross, we are glad that things are better for you health-wise, and hope that you are putting in plans to strengthen yourself,” says Elliot Ikilei, Deputy Leader, New Conservative.

“With respect, we now call upon you to honour the people of Botany, and stand down.

“We call upon you to stand down and thus trigger a by-election, where the men and women of Botany will be able to reassess who will promote and protect their values, defend their voice and families, and stand with them.

“Stand down and accept assistance while you work through challenges.

“Or stand down, and, if you feel strong enough, join the campaign to place your values and vision before the people. Let them choose their servant, their voice, their advocate.

“We call upon you to resign your position that the people of Botany may choose their voice, not have their voice directed by NZ First policy.

“Honour the people of Botany, and do the right thing,? concludes Ikilei. End quote.

Jami-Lee Ross is not the first MP in New Zealand to remain in Parliament under a different party to the one campaigned for and under.

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