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What MPs think of Barclay quitting

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/06/2017

WHAT MPS THINK OF TODD BARCLAY DECIDING TO STAND DOWN AT THE ELECTION

* "We now have a prime minister who knew everything that was going on and did nothing to stop Todd Barclay misleading people for 18 months. It's a total failure of leadership and it's simply unacceptable" - Labour leader Andrew Little.

* "I think what's important is he has decided to do the honourable thing and stand down as an MP. I think he should have done that a long time ago, and the prime minister should have asked him to stand down when he discovered what Todd had done" - Green Party co-leader James Shaw.

* "I just think it's a sad day, but these things happen. He is a very, very young man to be in a place like this - and politics is really tough" - cabinet minister Judith Collins.

* "In government you have to deal with some difficult circumstances, and sometimes they're not as tidy as you would like them to be. It's always sad to see it happen to someone who is young and had a big career ahead of them" - Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett.

* "This is a very sad day for the National Party, it has ramifications all the way up to the prime minister's office. It's a cover up that goes all the way to the National Party's board" - NZ First leader Winston Peters.

* "For politicians it's not about what happens when something is exposed by the media, it's about whether you do the right thing at the time that you know about it. It's not a sign of credibility to come forward only when you've been exposed by the media" - Labour's Grant Robertson.

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