Wednesday, April 18, 2012

NZ Labour MP's refuse to apologise to ACC Minister Judith Collins

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 30:  Minister of...
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 30: Minister of Corrections Judith Collins opens the new Mt Eden Corrections Facility on March 30, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. The new multi-storey prison replaces the 120-year old Mt. Eden Prison and cost the government more than NZD200 million to build. Its design and construction faced harsh criticism last year because of its prime Auckland city and harbour-view location and its architectural design. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Labour Party MP Andrew Little says he has responded to threats of legal action from ACC Minister Judith Collins, saying he will not be apologising and the issue is a political one.
Ms Collins is planning to take legal action against Mr Little, another Labour MP Trevor Mallard and Radio New Zealand over comments about who leaked details of ACC claimant Bronwyn Pullar to the media.
Andrew Little says he received a letter from Ms Collins's lawyer last week and has responded, saying he will not be offering to pay her legal costs.
He says it is his job as an opposition MP to hold ministers to account and is confident that he has not defamed Judith Collins.
Mr Mallard has also responded to Ms Collins, saying he will also not be offering an apology or covering her legal costs.
Radio New Zealand says as with the first letter from Judith Collins, it has taken legal advice and has responded accordingly.

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