Harness racing enthusiast and sometimes course MC, Brendan Horan has been expelled from the New Zealand First party by it's leader, Winston Peters after receiving "substantive material" that caused him to lose confidence in the MP.
Mr Peters told Parliament about the decision today (Tuesday December 4), saying he had seen evidence relating to allegations Mr Horan had misappropriated money from his late mother and that needed to be treated seriously. Mr Peters said he had conducted as thorough and investigation as possible into those allegations.
He earlier put Mr Horan on leave and told him to try to clear up allegations about money going missing from his late mother's bank accounts.
ier today, Mr Horan's lawyers issued a statement on his behalf, saying he rejected any suggestion he had misappropriated money and was confident a full investigation would exonerate him.
The suspension does not mean Mr Horan has to leave Parliament. He can stay on as an independent MP. Mr Peters said he believed Mr Horan was honour bound to leave Parliament altogether.