No charges to be laid against Todd Barclay

After a 9 month investigation the police have announced that no charges will laid against Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay.

ODT reports:

Police will not lay any charges in relation to an allegation against Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay, it has been confirmed.

“After consideration of all relevant information and the Solicitor-general’s prosecution guidelines, police has determined that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute,” a statement from police said yesterday.

Witnesses were interviewed and the case was referred to the legal division of police.

“Police received a complaint in February 2016 regarding an allegation that private communications had been intercepted by an individual.

“This investigation examined all the available information, including interviews with key witnesses.

“All the relevant parties have been informed of this decision,” the police spokesman said.

Coincidentally (possibly) was news this week that Barclay is being challenged for the National Party nomination to stand for the seat next year. See MP challenged in Clutha-Southland.

Charges would have made it difficult for Barclay, especially because the allegations related to a staff dispute in his own office.

Those staff problems will still figure in the contest for the nomination. Barclay is getting some support from his electorate and from some Parliamentary colleagues – see National battles in Clutha-Southland – but Simon Flood must also believe he has support in the electorate and in the party to challenge an incumbent MP.

This should at least be another reality check for Barclay. Any thoughts he had an electorate and a job for as long as he liked should have been dispelled.

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5 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  2nd December 2016

    And of course he’s a national mp,what did anyone expect.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  2nd December 2016

      What a silly remark. It would make no difference if there was a case to answer. The police don’t operate that way-as far as I know, police officers can’t be members of any political party.

      MPs have been charged in the past, which makes nonsense of your statement.

      Reply
  2. duperez

     /  2nd December 2016

    If he were a well-known rugby player and it had ended like this, would the Crazies have been quiet and restrained?

    Reply
  3. Did anyone look at the extent of malice in the original complaint? And in the absence of sufficient evidence to the contrary,why do not people accept his innocence? Or is someone playing political games once more?

    Reply

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