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It’s been a week since the peo­ple of Queen­stown have heard from our lo­cal Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

Fol­low­ing the scan­dal that broke over his al­leged tap­ing of elec­torate staffer Glenys Dick­son, Todd Bar­clay said he will not stand at this year’s elec­tion.

That was the right thing to do. As I told my con­fused chil­dren when they wanted an ex­pla­na­tion - he made a mis­take. That in it­self is not bad. We’ve all been guilty of it. But then he lied about it and that is not ac­cept­able be­hav­iour, es­pe­cially from an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

The po­lice are now con­duct­ing a ‘‘re-in­ves­ti­ga­tion’’ into the mat­ter and time will tell how much this will hurt the Prime Min­is­ter and the Na­tional Party at this year’s elec­tion.

But in the mean­time Todd still has a job to do and is be­ing paid to do it. He has al­ways been very ac­tive in this wide­spread elec­torate and we look for­ward to see­ing him get­ting back in the sad­dle.

deb­bie.jamieson@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz

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