The Herald reports:
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has accused his former party president Lester Gray of having “mental health problems” – a claim strongly denied by Gray, who has previously raised questions about the party’s finances.
The accusation emerged after National’s electoral law spokesman Nick Smith told Parliament that Labour MPs on the justice select committee refused a request for Gray and former treasurer Colin Forster to appear before it in a private session during their inquiry into the 2017 election.
Peters then suggested outside the House that Gray had mental health issues and it would not have been appropriate for him to give evidence to a select committee.
Smith said it was “appalling the lengths to which the Deputy Prime Minister is going to silence anybody that raises questions”.
The Government claims to care about people with mental health issues, yet will any Minister say anything about their Deputy PM who states that someone with mental health issues should not be allowed to give evidence to a select committee.