Tauranga MP demoted amid allegations
Tauranga MP and National Party member Simon Bridges has been demoted and relieved of his portfolio responsibilities.
The decision follows an allegation of serious misconduct relating to Simon Bridges’ interaction with a caucus colleague, says National Party leader Judith Collins.
In a statement released tonight, Collins says the case relates to comments made by Mr Bridges to a female caucus colleague at a function a number of years ago.
"Having been made aware of the seriousness of the complaint for the first time and the ongoing distress this has caused the complainant, I was left with no option but to immediately demote Simon Bridges and relieve him of his portfolio responsibilities.
"This decision has not been made lightly. However, the seriousness of the situation demands a swift and decisive response.
"Under my leadership, the National Party will not tolerate harassment and intimidation of any person.
"Members of Parliament and staff should be able to conduct their duties at all times without feeling unsafe or intimidated, and all deserve to be treated with absolute respect by their colleagues in all situations."
Stuff reports that Collins will hold a press conference on Thursday morning with deputy leader Shane Reti and the MP involved.
SunLive has contacted Simon Bridges for comment and will provide an update when we can.