10 Nov 2017

Gareth Morgan expels TOP candidate over cat comment

From Morning Report, 7:18 am on 10 November 2017

A TOP party candidate was effectively expelled yesterday for questioning the party leader, Gareth Morgan. Jenny Condie was troubled by Mr Morgan's reaction to the death of Jacinda Ardern's cat, Paddles, this week. Mr Morgan asked on Twitter if a free-roaming cat reflected the value the Prime Minister puts on wildlife. Ms Condie emailed Mr Morgan about her concerns and received a reply that said: "Hi Jenny - please just resign from the party. You are a pain in the arse. Ka kite ano, Gareth." Soon after Ms Condie discovered her TOP email address had been cancelled.