Why has New Zealand First accepted Jami-Lee Ross' proxy vote?

Night Talk 07/11/2018
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Mitch Harris talks with New Zealand First MP and Associate Minister of Education Tracey Martin on Jami-Lee Ross, the Botany electorate, the waka jumping bill and helping children with special learning needs.

New Zealand First has accepted Jami-Lee Ross' proxy vote five days after National rejected it.

The Botany MP offered his former party his proxy vote while he remains on leave in the wake of the scandal that rocked Parliament in the last few weeks.

The National Party said it didn't want it, but wouldn't confirm if it would seek to expel him from Parliament under the waka-jumping legislation.

Last week, Judith Collins told The AM Show it would be "hypocritical" and "cowardly" for National to accept his vote.

On Wednesday, New Zealand First said it too had also been approached to hold Mr Ross' proxy vote.

"The New Zealand First caucus strongly believes that in terms of the Electoral Integrity Amendment Act, that someone in Mr Ross' position should resign his seat and test his mandate with the electors of Botany and we urge him to do so," the party said in a statement.

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