The Prime Minister has dismissed Iain Lees-Galloway as a minister. He will not stand at the next election.
It came after an allegation he had an “inappropriate relationship” with a person who had previously worked in his office and worked in his agencies. Jacinda Ardern said it was consensual.
“His position as a minister was untenable. The minister has shown a lack of judgement over a period of 12 months.”
The Immigration, Workplace Relations and ACC Minister is the electorate MP for Palmerston North. He was deputy Leader of the House. Mr Lees-Galloway’s public Facebook page and Twitter has been deleted. He entered Parliament in 2008.
This morning, National Party leader Judith Collins claimed she received an allegation about a Labour Party MP and passed the information on to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Ms Ardern then announced she would be holding a press conference
The situation comes after several MPs have resigned recently, including National’s Andrew Falloon, who allegedly sent sexual images to young women.