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Barclay to leave NZ while still an MP

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/09/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">National MP Todd Barclay</span> © Facebook/Todd Barclay MP National MP Todd Barclay A National MP forced to stand down as a candidate heading into the election is leaving the country while still on the taxpayer's dollar.

Todd Barclay is reportedly moving to London to pursue work after allegations he secretly recorded staff in one of his Clutha-Southland electorate offices came under the investigation of police a second time.

It's understood he'll leave New Zealand on Tuesday, according to NZME.

Mr Barclay decided in June he would not recontest the seat, which he has held for just one term.

Prime Minister Bill English also became entangled in the saga after he revealed he'd been interviewed by police over the allegations.

He admitted to the media that Mr Barclay had offered to play him recordings of former staffer Glenys Dickson, despite Mr Barclay maintaining at that time that no recordings existed.

Clutha-Southland voters were assured at the time of Mr Barclay's withdrawal as a candidate that he would remain an MP until the election.

Mr Barclay still earns his $160,000 a year MP's salary until September 23.

Hamish Walker has replaced Mr Barclay as National's candidate in Clutha-Southland.

Mr Barclay has been approached for comment.

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