Bar­clay con­tin­ues lay­ing low

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Where is Clutha-South­land Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Todd Bar­clay?

Al­most three weeks ago the dis­graced MP an­nounced he would not seek re-elec­tion for the Na­tional strong-hold he rep­re­sents fol­low­ing a scan­dal over a record­ing he al­legedly made of a staff mem­ber.

Po­lice have an­nounced they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Since then Bar­clay has con­tin­ued to re­ceive his $160,000 an­nual Par­lia­men­tary pay but is not an­swer­ing me­dia ques­tions.

The last con­firmed sight­ing was at the Pig and Whis­tle, in Queen­stown, on Mon­day July 10.

On Fri­day his me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Re­becca Ryan said Bar­clay was ‘‘def­i­nitely back to work and fo­cussed on serv­ing his con­stituents across Clutha-South­land. He re­mains the MP un­til the 2017 Elec­tion and, un­til then, he is com­mit­ted and pas­sion­ate about re­main­ing ac­tively en­gaged in is­sues.’’

How­ever, ques­tions to Ryan and Bar­clay this week about his work­ing sched­ule and whether he in­tended co-op­er­at­ing with the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion were unan­swered.

LAWRENCE SMITH/STUFF

Team New Zealand boss Grant Dal­ton holds the Amer­ica’s Cup in Auck­land last week.

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