6 May 2014

Williamson prompts snap debate

8:28 pm on 6 May 2014

Parliament has held a snap debate on the resignation of National MP Maurice Williamson as a minister.

Mr Williamson resigned his ministerial portfolios last week following revelations he phoned the police about their investigation into a National Party donor.

National Party MP Maurice Williamson.

National Party MP Maurice Williamson. Photo: NZ GOVERNMENT

Opposition MPs say it reflects a wider attitude in the National Party that money can buy favours.

They also used the debate as a springboard to attack Justice Minister ,Judith Collin, for her actions with milk exporter Oravida.

Several Government ministers rose to their feet to defend Mr Williamson's record as a minister and recall cases where Labour ministers fell from grace.