Cabinet Minister willing to step down but won’t

NZ Herald reports that the Cabinet Minister who’s brother is facing child indecency charges is willing to step down from his position, but John Key doesn’t think it’s necessary.

PM John Key: Cabinet minister willing to step down if needed over brother facing indecency charges

Prime Minister John Key says a Cabinet minister whose brother is reportedly facing indecency charges was willing to step down if needed, but Mr Key was confident the issue could be managed without that happening.

Mr Key said the minister in question had advised Mr Key’s office about the situation as soon as the minister knew about it. Mr Key had sought advice on it.

“The advice I’ve received is that there is no conflict of interest and the issue can be managed. People appreciate that Cabinet ministers, like anyone else, have family but I’m quite confident the position can be managed.”

He said the minister was happy to step down if that was what was required. “But that isn’t the advice I’ve got.”

… the advice he received was “very thorough and that advice very clearly is to follow the action I’m taking.”

That will be criticised by some (who would criticise regardless) but it would create a problem of it’s own if the Minister stepped down – it would then be obvious who it was, effectively breaking name suppression.

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  1. kittycatkin

     /  3rd May 2015

    Why should he ? It’s nothing to do with him & no reflection on him.

  2. David

     /  3rd May 2015

    It’s ridiculous to even contemplate any minister stepping down because of a siblings issue, crackers stuff.
    Tamihere didn’t and no one expected him to but at least we can now move on from the pony tail and spend the next two weeks watching the media trying to kick key around, god this country can get tiresome and I blame Little because he is dead set useless and his MPs are asleep so the media have to be the opposition to stop everyone dieing of boredom.


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