26 Aug 2010

ACT MPs put differences behind them

6:49 pm on 26 August 2010

ACT MPs Rodney Hide and Heather Roy have declared their differences are now behind them and claim that like a family after tough times, they are stronger for it.

Mrs Roy was dumped as the party's deputy leader last week in favour of John Boscawen and subsequently resigned from her ministerial portfolios.

She was given two weeks' leave, but staged a surprise return to Parliament on Wednesday.

After a meeting on Thursday at which Mrs Roy apologised for the leaking of her caucus notes by her adviser, Mrs Roy and ACT leader Rodney Hide walked into Parliament together.

The leaked dossier included details about the dysfunctional relationship between Mrs Roy and Mr Hide. Mrs Roy said she was mortified when the leak happened, but reiterated she had nothing to do with releasing the document to the media.

Standing side by side, Mr Hide told reporters they have agreed to move forward in the interests of the party.

He said their recent difficulties are similar to when family members fall out, and that once reconciled, the relationship is all the stronger.

Mr Hide also apologised to Mrs Roy for any distress he has caused her in the past.

Tashkoff confirms Epsom bid

Former ACT Party board member Peter Tashkoff has confirmed he intends to challenge Mr Hide for the ACT candidacy in Epsom at the next general election.

Mr Tashkoff resigned as a member of the board in January but remains number seven on the ACT Party list.

He says he has notified the ACT board of his intention to contest the Epsom candidacy, as he no longer supports Mr Hide.

Mr Tashkoff says the first step in the process will be when the board formally confirms it intends to stand a candidate in the Epsom electorate.