National rejects proxy vote offered by Jami-Lee Ross

Now-independent MP Jami-Lee Ross offered his proxy vote to National on Wednesday:

…but this has been rejected by National.

Stuff:  National rejects proxy vote offer from MP Jami-Lee Ross

In a statement, a spokesman said: “The National Party will not be casting Jami-Lee Ross’s proxy vote.

“Mr Ross is no longer a National MP, having been expelled from the Caucus on 16 October and resigning his membership of the National Party on the same day.

“The Party’s decision not to accept his vote is unrelated to the waka jumping legislation. No decision has been made on that.”

Sources close to Ross say he received the letter Thursday but was not intending to take any immediate action.

The letter arrived while Ross is on mental health leave, after earlier suffering a breakdown over allegations about his treatment of women.

Ross was later expelled from the caucus after leader Simon Bridges accused him of leaking details of his travel expenses.

The letter from party whip Barbara Kuriger informed Ross that he must confirm with the Speaker that he was no longer a member of the National caucus.

National don’t need his vote as they are a few short of causing any problems for the Government (they have 55 of the 120 seats after ejecting Ross from their caucus).

I think it is understandable that they don’t feel inclined to vote on behalf of Ross after he created chaos in the party and openly and extensively attacked party leader Simon Bridges.

Will Ross offer his proxy vote to ACT? I don’t know what other options he has. He may be left entirely on his own in Parliament. He may also have trouble finding willing staff.

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24 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  November 2, 2018

    Well that’s very interesting and I think is a good move by Bridges which will score him some brownie points with the great unwashed swing voters since casting the vote of a knave as despicable as JLR would be frankly beyond the pale for any normal person with a sense of integrity and standards.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 2, 2018

      Umm … just out of interest, who’s that abnormal person with no sense of integrity and no standards? o_O

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  2. Blazer

     /  November 2, 2018

    how many other traitors lurk inside ..National.

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    • How many potential traitors lurk inside Labour? The Greens? NZ First?

      Only ACT is safe from an MP going rogue.

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      • robertguyton

         /  November 2, 2018

        Pete – why do you jump to counter Blazer’s question? Do you feel obliged to defend National. Your reaction today and on many other occasions suggests that despite your claims, you’re pro-Tory.

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        • Your reaction today and on other occasions suggests you’re either pro-trolling pro pro-stupid,

          History shows that MPs have caused problems for a number of parties. Metiria Turei almost caused Greens to drop out of Parliament.

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          • robertguyton

             /  November 2, 2018

            Blazer was discussing traitors, not “MPs that have caused problems”. Your criteria would throw up the likes of Todd Barclay and Mike Sabin and a host of other unsavoury National Party MPs that have caused problems and I’m sure you don’t want to poke those hornets’ nests!

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  3. Gezza

     /  November 2, 2018

    Possibly another one, maybe. Hard to know. Labour had Jonesy, which was a surprise. You never can tell I guess until they come out into the open.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 2, 2018

      Sorry. Hit by the random wordpress wilkinson effect, I think. That comment was supposed to be a reply to my good friend Blazer.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 2, 2018

      Hmm. Maybe Blazer’s got a point. Looks like this has just been leaked to Beehive Letters:

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    • Corky

       /  November 2, 2018

      Hard decision for National…either quick damage control. and possible permanent damage to the parties reputation. Or no Waka jumping action and…ditto.

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  5. robertguyton

     /  November 2, 2018

    ““The Party’s decision not to accept his vote is unrelated to the waka jumping legislation. No decision has been made on that.””

    Who would believe something said by “The Party”, when “The Party” is the National Party?

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    • Do you not understand what a capitalised ‘The’ at the start of a sentence means?

      Did you not notice “the National Party” in the previous sentence? This is fairly basic English.

      Your attempts at disruption and diversion are lamer than usual today.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 2, 2018

      Nice to see some feedback on this one from you, robert.

      I’m also looking to seeing a few comments from some sane, open-minded, & well-balanced, commenters too.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 2, 2018

        *looking forward
        Damn. Got off to such a good start with the proof-reading and backsliding already.

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      • robertguyton

         /  November 2, 2018

        Here?
        Good luck, Gezza!

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        • Gezza

           /  November 2, 2018

          Thanks robert. Should do well on that score. There aren’t many fuckwits who post here regularly and most of those tiny few I’ve even got reasonably fond of eventually because they’re harmless and seem like they’re real people with feelings.

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  6. Gerrit

     /  November 2, 2018

    It is a subtle (the sledge hammer kind of subtle) reminder the JLR that the is on his own in parliament and as a representative of the Botany electorate.

    How long can JLR last in that capacity? Totally isolated in parliamentarian and electoral support.

    National will be counting on JLR resigning shortly and regaining the Botany seat.

    National will have done the research on what potentially JLR will be able to table come the 13th December under parliamentary privilege, and finding nothing that the 2 years lead up time to the next election wont be able to mend, has simply cut him loose.

    Pressure is back on JLR to front up as the independent representative for Botany.

    JLR will buckle under the pressure and resign, possibly in the new year.

    The one real option he has to remain sane and in parliament is to join NZ First. But for that to happen it would mean that Winston Peters looks stupid to have enforced the waka jumping bill but then take on board a waka jumper. Not going to happen.

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    • alloytoo

       /  November 2, 2018

      No Party, or indeed any potential employer is going to hire someone with a habit of recording candid private conversations.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 2, 2018

        Even the most dedicated of narcissistic sociopaths is unlikely to cope well with sitting in row of seats surrounded by a seething mass of sheer, unadulterated hatred, and any nooky now desired for comfort will necessarily need to involve a paid professional I expect. If he even ever has the brass to put in an appearance in The House, it won’t be a long one.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  November 2, 2018

          Yep, exactly. Ross surrounded by Nats amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

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  7. Zedd

     /  November 2, 2018

    Natl dont have the numbers.. with or without his ‘proxy’ anyway, unless they get NZF to cross the floor (as per S Brown’s Mbrs bill)… :/

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    • Gezza

       /  November 2, 2018

      Yup. This has already been pointed out in the post and is obvious to everyone anyway Zedd. But while this appears on the face of it to be a meaningless or even face-saving gesture I suspect it is a precautionary step to other action should it be necessary to ensure he has been completely neutered.

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