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Brash should come clean on Brethren ties

29 September 2006

Maharey says Brash should come clean on Brethren ties

Brash should come clean on Brethren ties Don Brash needs to come clean on the extent of National's cooperation with the Exclusive Brethren, says Cabinet Minister Steve Maharey.

"If Dr Brash wants to put this behind him and move on, he needs to be honest with the public about the extent of National's involvement with the Brethren," Steve Maharey said.

"Ron Mark's comments today make it clear the Exclusive Brethren were working, with the knowledge of the National Party, to influence the decisions of other parties.

"It is also clear Dr Brash was sharing information on the status of his discussions with other parties with the Brethren.

"This is yet another instance of a third party saying there was a clear link between National MPs and the Brethren. It shows a level of coordination that previously hasn't been admitted.

"Last week Dr Brash said he was severing all ties with the Brethren. Since then we have had National MPs saying they would continue to deal with them, and now we have a revelation they were acting as emissaries for National as they sought to form a government after the last election.

"Dr Brash needs to be clear about what exactly he is severing. What level of coordination was he talking about? Why did it continue during the period after the election when the National party was trying to form a government?

"It is clear many MPs were directly helped by the Brethren, some have said they turned it down, but many others, including Bob Clarkson and Brian Connell clearly did not.

"Now is the time for Dr Brash to be open with the public and clear this up. He should also explain whether it is the National Party as a whole that is severing ties, or just Dr Brash."

ENDS

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