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Labour MP to tone down criticism of police

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/09/2016

Labour's Stuart Nash has decided to tone down his criticism of the police after a complaint from the deputy commissioner.

Mr Nash's recent criticism of Eastern District Commander Sandra Venables and policing in Gisborne, Napier and Hastings drew a response from Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard.

His letter to Labour leader Andrew Little was posted on the internal police bulletin board, Fairfax reports.

Mr Nash says he's talked to Mr Little about it and decided not to again refer to the commander by name.

Mr Little says Mr Nash has agreed to keep his focus on Police Minister Judith Collins.

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