Top Scoops

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

 

Maggie Barry asks for investigation into staff recordings

Chris Bramwell, Deputy Political Editor

Embattled National Party MP Maggie Barry says she has never been a bully and has hit back at all allegations against her.

Maggie Barry

National MP Maggie Barry supports National MP Amy Adams as she announces she will stand for National Party leader. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

She has also asked the Parliamentary Service to investigate whether she has ever been recorded by staff in their employ, and expects them to take appropriate action if that turns out to be the case.

Ms Barry arrived at Parliament today for the first time since news broke over the weekend that there had been formal complaints of bullying made against her by former staff.

One of the staff members also recorded conversations between themselves and Ms Barry.

Ms Barry said both complaints were investigated by the Parliamentary Service, and neither were upheld.

She denied any allegation of bullying or harrassment and invited those anonymously contacting the media to file formal complaints.

"I do not accept that there has been bullying and harrassment in my workplace, I would not approve of that at all and I am not that kind of employer.

"I have high expectations of myself and of my staff but I believe that you always treat people with respect, and that is what I have always endeavoured to do over a long period of time."

Ms Barry said she was not toxic and if someone wanted to come forward and make that allegation, then they should do so through the right channels.

"It is a little odd and unfair having to answer allegations anonymously and also to be taped without my knowledge, I am surprised that this sort of thing is happening, but I think if people feel strongly about it, they should take it through the proper channels, and that is through [the Parliamentary Service]."

Ms Barry said she never asked parliamentary staff to do National Party work, saying she was very clear about what the rules were.

She said some people choose to do party work in their breaks, in their own time, but she never asked them to do so.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Binoy Kampmark: Biden’s Victory: A Eunuch Presidency Beckons

Whatever was set to happen on November 3, President Donald J. Trump would not lose. Falling in that establishment firebreak against democracy known as the Electoral College would not erase, let alone repudiate him. His now victorious opponent, far ... More>>

Reese Ehrlich: Foreign Correspondent: The Challenge For Joe Biden

If he’s smart, the likely President-elect will stop the unpopular endless wars and use the money to help our domestic economy. By Reese Erlich I’m pissed. I’m pissed at Donald Trump for trying to shut down the vote count early and at Republicans More>>

Boris Johnson At Sea: Coronavirus Confusion In The UK

The tide has been turning against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Oafishly, he has managed to convert that tide into a deluge of dissatisfaction assisted by the gravitational pull of singular incompetence. Much of this is due to such errors of ... More>>

The Conversation: Biodiversity: Where The World Is Making Progress – And Where It’s Not

The future of biodiversity hangs in the balance. World leaders are gathering to review international targets and make new pledges for action to stem wildlife declines. Depending on whether you are a glass half-full or half-empty person, you’re likely ... More>>

The Conversation: The Numbers Suggest The Campaign For Cannabis Reform In NZ Will Outlive The Generations That Voted Against It

Like Brexit in the UK, cannabis reform in New Zealand fell into an age gap — given time, a second referendum would probably succeed. More>>

Gordon Campbell: 22 Short Takes On The US Election

Finally, the long night of Donald Trump’s presidency is over. To date, the courts have been given no cause to conclude that the exhaustively lengthy counts of those mountains of mail ballots was anything other than legal. Stacking the US Supreme ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On How The US Supreme Court Is Undermining American Democracy

If Joe Biden is elected President next week, here comes the bad news. If Biden tries to defend Obamacare, combat climate change (via say, a variant of the Green New Deal) or tries to improve the access of US women to abortion services , he will run afoul ... More>>

The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the charts of infection . In time, other unfortunates may well ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog