13 Jun 2013

Labour MPs accused of hypocrisy over SkyCity

7:25 pm on 13 June 2013

Prime Minister John Key has accused the Labour Party of hypocrisy after four MPs accepted corporate hospitality from SkyCity at an All Blacks game.

John Key.

John Key. Photo: RNZ

Labour has confirmed that Clayton Cosgrove, Kris Faafoi, Phil Goff and Annette King were present in the SkyCity corporate box for the first rugy test against France at Eden Park last Saturday.

Labour has been a staunch opponent of a proposed deal with SkyCity to build an international convention centre in Auckland.

So Mr Key wasn't impressed that its MPs were enjoying SkyCity's hospitality last weekend and said on Thursday he thinks they were hypocritical to do so.

Phil Goff is defending his attendance, saying he and other Labour MPs had made their opposition to the convention centre deal clear to the company.

But even Labour's ally the Green Party says it was not a good idea for Labour MPs to accept SkyCity's hospitality.