Barry Soper at ZB reports:
The political future of New Zealand First MP Brendon Horan is expected to be decided some time today.
NZ First leader Winston Peters has been examining documents relating to Mr Horan’s late mother’s bank account, and is expected to decide whether the MP will stay with his party.
Mr Horan has been accused by his brother of dipping into his mother’s bank account to fund a gambling habit.
This might be trying to read tea-leaves, but the fact they are announcing something so quickly may mean it is bad for Horan. It tends to be quicker to establish wrong-doing than it is to be certain there is no wrong-doing. I have no inside knowledge at all on this, so am just speculating.
Mr Peters last week told him to stay away from Parliament to sort the matter out and he is not expected back at Parliament today.
That also implies maybe not so good for Horan. We’ll find out shortly.
Of course Horan is an MP and can’t be sacked by Peters or his party – even if they decided there were grounds to do so. At most they can remove him from NZ First.
But of course it may be that Horan is cleared entirely. As I have blogged previously many families have disputes over wills and it does not mean there has been wrong-doing.