At a dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant in Washington, Thompson approached Kelly, Street and the business leader.
Thompson is alleged to have made lewd comments at the social event about the relationship Kelly had with Prime Minister John Key, who has been married to wife Bronagh since both were teenagers.
Late last night, the Prime Minister’s office dismissed Thompson’s allegations as “totally ridiculous”.
The source said the comments were made without any basis other than Helen Kelly and John Key’s “good working relationship”.
“He asked her what the relationship was between her and John Key. There was sexual innuendo. Then he said he asked John Key, the last time he saw him. He said he asked if he [Key] fancied Helen.”
The source said Kelly was visibly upset by the comments. She said to Thompson: “That’s disgusting.”
I think I’m speechless. I can’t decide what is stupider for the head of the Auckland Employers Association.
- Asking John Key if he fancied the President of the CTU
- Telling the CTU President that he had asked the PM if he fancied her
- Doing (2) in front of a Labour MP
EMA president Graham Mountfort said Thompson would be asked to explain himself to the board and was no longer allowed to speak with the media.
“He won’t be an advocate for us in the future.”
I note the Wellington EMA went to the trouble of specifically e-mailing all their members disassociating themselves from the comments of their Auckland counterpart.Tags: Alasdair Thompson, EMA Northern, Helen Kelly, John Key