Jami-Lee Ross asks National to vote for him while he's on leave. If National says yes, this could prevent it from booting Ross out of Parliament under the waka-jumping law

Jami-Lee Ross asks National to vote for him while he's on leave. If National says yes, this could prevent it from booting Ross out of Parliament under the waka-jumping law
Jami-Lee Ross.

Jami-Lee Ross is signalling his return to Parliament, laying the groundwork to prevent himself from being kicked out under the waka-jumping legislation.

He has asked the National Party to vote on his behalf while he’s on medical leave.

A party spokesperson confirms it received a letter from Ross late this morning offering to provide his proxy vote to the National Party.

The spokesperson says the party will “consider his offer”.

Further to the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill being passed at the end of September, National could get Ross booted out of Parliament if it proves he has distorted the proportionality of Parliament.

Not turning up to vote on matters before Parliament could meet this test.

National Party Leader Simon Bridges has previously said it’s unlikely the party will use the legislation to get rid of Ross.

Given it fought against the Bill, it would be a hard pill for the party to swallow if it did end up using it.

While Ross was a couple of weeks ago expelled from the National Caucus, he has committed to staying in Parliament as an independent MP for Botany.

He was taken by police to a mental health facility at Middlemore Hospital over Labour Weekend, following a tumultuous week in which Bridges accused him of leaking his travel expenses, and he accused Bridges of corruption and committing electoral donation fraud.

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8 Comments

His games continue.

clever,
if they say no they show their intention to use the new law if needed,
if they say yes they will let him snipe away from the side without a real benefit unless there is a split in the government when it would become a very valuable vote

Not JLR related but honey coated popcorn is now on sale at Countdown

Do newly Independent MPs get to make a maiden speech?

AND the madness continues. While New Zealand goes up in flames

Got to find a way to stay until March 2020 so gets to 9 years and Parliamentry pension.

Not so employable in the real world I suspect !

You have to know when to give it up, this guy doesn't have a clue. If anyone in his electorate votes for him they need their head banged against a brick wall.

Carlos-being the designated bagman for National this guy has plenty of clues.
If I was him I would avoid all embassies for quite a while. I would think he has plenty of ammo left re the JK and farmer dark years.