Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Benson-Pope Says Nothing New In Wishart Article


Benson-Pope Says Nothing New In Wishart Article

By Selwyn Manning - Scoop co-editor

Cabinet Minister, David Benson-Pope, has hit out at Investigate magazine saying the latest article supposedly exposing "for the first time" information that he made girls stand outside in the cold in their nighties is sensationalist and "very selective".

Through his press secretary, Mr Benson-Pope said: "This material has been available for months. It was thoroughly looked at by Police. They decided to take no action. There is no new material (in the Investigate magazine article). Investigate magazine has been very selective in what it has published," Mr Benson-Pope's press secretary said.

Scoop Media understands that Investigate editor, Ian Wishart, had not sought a response from Mr Benson-Pope nor his office prior to publishing, and had not alerted Mr Benson-Pope's office to the fact that his magazine was about to publish an article regarding the matter.

Ian Wishart's article stated: "Former pupils of Labour cabinet minister David Benson-Pope have told police he made 14 year old girls strip down to underwear and nighties and stand in the cold while he watched for up to an hour.

"The latest issue of Investigate magazine contains never-before-published detail of other incidents involving the Labour MP, as part of a battle by Investigate to gain access to some still-confidential police files on the Benson-Pope case," Ian Wishart writes.

David Benson-Pope has faced a political storm since denying in Parliament that he had stuffed a tennis ball into the mouth of a student while Mr Benson-Pope was a teacher in the 1980s. A police investigation into the matter found that there was a prima-facie case but that it would not press any charges against the MP.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: All details were published by Scoop in December 2005, and can be read via these files…)

For More, see…

  • Ian Wishart - Investigate Editor Responds To DBP
  • Scoop December 5 2005 - Full police investigation files
  • Investigate Online…
  • ENDS

    © Scoop Media

     
     
     
    Top Scoops Headlines

     

    27-29 Sept: Social Enterprise World Forum Live Blog

    1600+ delegates from more than 45 countries have came together to share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future using social enterprise as a vehicle. Attending the Forum were social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors, activists, academics and more from across the globe... More>>

    HiveMind Report: A Universal Basic Income For Aotearoa NZ

    Results from this HiveMind suggests that an overwhelming majority of Kiwis believe that due to changing circumstances and inefficiencies in the current system, we need a better system to take care of welfare of struggling members in our society. More>>

    ALSO:

    Scoop Hivemind: Medical Cannabis - Co-Creating A Policy For Aotearoa

    Welcome to the fourth and final HiveMind for Scoop’s Opening the Election campaign for 2017. This HiveMind explores the question: what would a fair, humane and safe Medical Cannabis policy look like for Aotearoa, NZ in 2018? More>>

    ALSO:

    Lyndon Hood: Notes On National’s Election Campaign, In Poem Form

    Nationyl’s bitumen-ing / As they du du / Seed groweth / River floweth / Then ‘dozer drives thru / Highway ensu. More>>