Green Party suspends David Hay membership
24 February 2014
Green Party suspends David Hay
The Green Party has suspended David
Hay's membership for one year following an investigation
A panel found Mr Hay’s behaviour
breached party rules, and recommended he be suspended for
The panel’s recommendations are contained in a
report (attached) released to the party’s executive and Mr
The report recommended a “cooling down”
period of one year, after which Mr Hay may reapply for
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