Phil Goff has just announces that Darren Hughes has or will resign as a Member of Parliament.
No details yet, such as whether Judith Tizard is going to replace him, or if she has said she will decline the spot.
Like most people, I have always regarded Darren as a really nice and genuine guy, and it is very sad to see him leave Parliament like this. I say that recognising that there is a criminal complaint to resolve. I also regarded him as one of the better MPs in Parliament and think given the opportunity he would have been a very competent senior Minister.
At best his judgement was seriously lacking on the night in question, and at worst he will face charges. Either way, it is a very sad way for someone who had a life-long dream of being an MP, to end their parliamentaary career.
I hope the Police reach a conclusion as quickly as possible, to their investigation.