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Barclay no-show at committee, event

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/06/2017
Todd Barclay. © NZN Image/for Clutha-Southland Todd Barclay.

Embattled National MP Todd Barclay has pulled out of an education event in Auckland as parliamentary colleagues call for his resignation.

The Clutha-Southland MP is feeling the heat from renewed allegations he secretly recorded a staff member in his Gore electorate office and that the woman, Glenys Dickson, was given a payout from the prime minster's budget to prevent legal action.

Mr Barclay was due to attend a New Zealand Education Institute event in Auckland on Wednesday night, filling in for Education Minister Nikki Kaye.

He is the deputy chairman of parliament's education and science select committee.

His office confirmed to NZ Newswire on Wednesday morning that Mr Barclay had withdrawn from the event.

Shane Reti will attend in his place.

His office was unable to confirm whether Mr Barclay had been given a leave of absence from select committees after he failed to show up at the education and science committee meeting on Wednesday morning.

It's understood the leave of absence does not extend to parliament later in the day.

Labour leader Andrew Little and NZ First leader Winston Peters have both called for Mr Barclay to resign after it was revealed on Tuesday that Prime Minister Bill English told police last year that Mr Barclay told him he had secret recordings of staff criticising him.

Further allegations hit on Wednesday when Newsroom claimed an alleged complaint to Parliamentary Services about Ms Dickson, which is at the centre of an employment dispute, may not have been real.

The National Party is also understood to be reviewing the process for selecting Mr Barclay as their candidate for the Clutha-Southland electorate in September.

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