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`It's been a brutal week': Bennett

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/06/2017

Prime Minister Bill English has again been accused of lying over what he knew about the Todd Barclay scandal - an accusation rejected by his deputy Paula Bennett.

Ms Bennett says it's been a brutal and "pretty awful" week in politics with Mr Barclay standing down over allegations he secretly recorded staff conversations in his Gore electorate office.

Labour isn't letting it go.

"He lied to the media, I said that in parliament yesterday," Labour's deputy leader Jacinda Ardern said on Newshub's AM Show on Friday.

"He said he knew nothing and he wasn't involved and then it came out that he had been interviewed by the police."

Ms Bennett, on the same programme, shot back.

"It's outrageous to come out with an allegation like that," she said.

"When police came to him he made a statement, he is not a liar, that is completely wrong."

The National government is anxious to bury the scandal ahead of its weekend annual party conference, and Labour is just as keen to keep it running.

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