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Scoop Coverage: Resignation Over Vance Phone Records

Wellington.Scoop: Sudden Resignation Of Parliamentary Service Manager

The head of the Parliamentary Service, Geoff Thorn, has resigned following a growing controversy over the release of a DomPost journalist’s phone records to a ministerial inquiry into the leak of a spy agency report.

Radio New Zealand reports that the Speaker David Carter said he accepted the resignation with some regret, as during his tenure Mr Thorn had overseen a significant improvement to the operation of Parliamentary Service.

However, Mr Carter says both he and Mr Thorn acknowledge that the confidence in Parliamentary Service has been undermined by events in recent weeks, and as general manager Mr Thorn accepts responsibility for this. His last day will be on Friday. More>>

Alastair Thompson: Adopting @PeterDunneMP - A Developing TwitStory | 500 Words

Adopting Peter Dunne MP ( @PeterDunneMP )- A Developing TwitStory | 500 Words Featuring the #Nethui 2013 GCSB Session Videos & http://www.adoptanmp.co.nz/ More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Vance Phone Scandal

Pity the poor Prime Minister. The phone records of Fairfax reporter Andrea Vance? Don’t look at him. Once again, John Key has been let down by his minions, or by the people who were misled or intimidated into compliance by his staff’s overtures, either through fear or ignorance... More>>

Rolling Coverage: Reaction To The Release Of Journalist's Phone Records

Parliament Speaker David Carter has admitted a journalist's phone records were handed over in a ministerial enquiry after earlier denying this had happened.Scoop brings you reaction from politicans, journalists and experts throughout the day. More>>

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