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MP ordered to take down comments about Key

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/03/2017

Greeen MP Steffan Browning was ordered by his party to take down an offensive social media post about former prime minister John Key, Newshub is reporting.

Mr Browning put it up on his Facebook page during Mr Key's valedictory speech in parliament on Thursday evening.

It featured a glass of red-coloured water on Mr Browning's desk and the words: "Thought John Key might like a little more blood on his valedictory speech, the day that we get confirmation of the raid he approved was responsible for innocent civilian deaths," the post said.

That was a reference to allegations in the book Hit and Run that SAS soldiers were involved in a raid in Afghanistan that left civilians dead and wounded.

Mr Browning deleted the post after party co-leader James Shaw ordered him to take it down.

"It is a breach of the code of conduct we have for Green MPs, because one of the things we say is that we don't engage in personal attacks," Mr Shaw told Newshub.

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