Todd Barclay – investigation under way

A bad day got worse for Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay with the news that the National party is investigating his selection to stand again in the electorate this year.

It already looked like his position as an MP was untenable.

Then Newsroom:  Investigation underway into Barclay’s Clutha-Southland selection

The National Party is reviewing the selection of Todd Barclay as its Clutha-Southland candidate following allegations of a rushed process, improper votes and “delegate stacking” with his family members and supporters.

National’s rules committee, tasked with providing legal advice and support to the party board, is understood to be investigating nearly half of the 18 electorate branches in the Southland seat and could yet call for Barclay’s selection to be revoked.

The sitting MP was re-selected as the party’s candidate for the 2017 election last December, despite a challenge from former Merrill Lynch banker Simon Flood amid discontent from some sections of the electorate.

Newsroom understands a large group of National Party members from the electorate has made an extensive and detailed complaint to the rules committee.

Milton is one of the branches under investigation, with questions about whether it held either an AGM to set a quorum, or an SGM to select voting delegates.

Despite this, six voting delegates were chosen. All were Barclay supporters – including four of his own family members.

…five of Milton’s six voting delegates came from the separate Gore and Winton branches. They included Barclay’s sister, his brother-in-law, his aunt and uncle, along with his current electorate staff member Bernadette Hunt.

Barclay’s sister, brother-in-law and Hunt all attempted first to become delegates in Gore without success.

Barclay’s mother also unsuccessfully tried to become a Gore delegate, although his father made it through the selection process.

Whatever the outcome of any inquiry this is looking very messy for National, and Barclay’s future as an MP is not looking flash.


  1. Tipene

     /  June 20, 2017

    Barclay is toast – he lied, he got caught – he’s gone.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 20, 2017

    Barclay refuses to resign says Stuff.

    McGregor sues Craig says the Herald.

    • Gezza

       /  June 20, 2017

      😳 And here I was thinking it would be a quiet, boring old year up until September. 🤔

  3. Blazer

     /  June 20, 2017

    Wonder what Aaron Gilmore thinks!

    • Tipene

       /  June 20, 2017

      Does Gilmour still know who he is?

    • Gezza

       /  June 20, 2017

      Thoughts’s definitely crossed my mind today too. The Todsta seems to be just a slightly more sophisticated model.

      • Gezza

         /  June 20, 2017

        Righto … got 1ewes at 6 + 1 on the teev. Item one is Bll looking in the shit.

        • Gezza

           /  June 20, 2017

          Todd read out the carefully PR-constructed statement. Out – damned spot, Begone.

  4. Despite one of the most active news days in politics in New Zealand for a long time Whale Oil has been very quiet.

    Less so earlier this month: Why are the Evil Six still fighting?

    The idiots in Clutha-Southland, known as the Evil Six, fought to get local MP Todd Barclay beaten in selection. They lost, and lost badly because Barclay was way better than them and their candidate and pretty much everyone in Clutha-Southland is sick of them and their petty vendettas.

    They obviously haven’t lost yet.

  5. lurcher1948

     /  June 20, 2017

    WHOs Whale OIL

  6. lurcher1948

     /  June 20, 2017

    Is he a friend of david farrar,bill english and judith collins???