No police complaint against reporter
Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay’s Gore electorate office continues to be under the spotlight following a visit from Stuff reporter Rachael Kelly on Thursday, as police confirm a mystery-bill poster has also been visiting the office.
Video shot during the visit by Kelly on Thursday has confirmed allegations that she was aggressive and intimidating to be baseless and Parliamentary Services confirmed yesterday that no formal complaint against Kelly and her cameraman was laid with police.
‘‘We understand the police were contacted as a result of the reporter going into the office but no formal complaint was laid. We understand somebody spoke to the police but [did] not [make] a formal complaint’’
When asked who bought the issue to the attention of the head of Parliamentary Services, David Stevenson, a spokeswoman said: ‘‘The staff down there brought it up or obviously spoke to our staff who then escalated it through to David. So it wasn’t Mr Barclay, it was actually our staff [in the electorate] who spoke to us.’’
Police have now confirmed a mystery bill-poster is making his feelings about the absent MP known by sticking notices to the Gore electorate office windows allegedly calling for the MP’s resignation.
A police spokesperson yesterday said police had attended Barclay’s Main St office three times in the past fortnight regarding notices, which had been attached to the office window.
No further action has been required of police but they will continue to monitor the situation.
Police refused to say whether they had removed the notices for fingerprinting, or what charges the poster could face if they were caught. Police said there have been no issues at Barclay’s other electorate offices in Balclutha or Queenstown.
Barclay, who remains an MP until the general election in September, has all but fallen off the public radar since he was forced to announce his resignation on June 21 amid allegations he made secret recordings of staffer Glenys Dickson.
Police have reopened their investigation to the taping scandal after Prime Minister Bill English revealed Barclay had told him about the recording.
Barclay has missed many public events, including MP’s visits to his electorate, and has been absent from the House and select committees.
Barclay remains on his full $165,000 a year salary, bringing home $3000 a week, and also receives travel and accommodation expenses.
Barclay’s Gore office