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John Banks Verdict

Media Statement, Dr Jamie Whyte, ACT Leader

John Banks Verdict

"I am surprised by the verdict in the case against Mr Banks as the John Banks I know would never knowingly file a false return. However, we must accept the Court’s decision.

I agree with the Prime Minister that this decision will not affect the ACT brand as all matters concerned relate to the 2010 Auckland mayoral election where John Banks stood as an Independent. He was not a member of ACT at the time.

This court case has been a huge distraction. Now ACT can campaign on the issues of importance to the electorate: reform of government spending, getting tough on crime and getting growth and job creation by making taxes lower and flatter.

David Seymour, ACT's candidate for Epsom, is already serving the electorate full time.

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