Jami-Lee Ross: 'I believe Simon Bridges is a corrupt politician'by RNZ
National MP Jami-Lee Ross is speaking to media at Parliament as his party colleagues meet to decide his fate.
Speaking to media at Parliament, he alleged Mr Bridges had broken electoral donation law and said he would put in an official police complaint.
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Mr Ross said he had had a mental breakdown as pressure was ramped up on him to leave the party.
Mr Ross was speaking as MPs met in caucus to decide whether to suspend him after leader National leader Simon Bridges yesterday identified Mr Ross as the likely leaker of his travel expenses. Minutes before this was revealed, Mr Ross went on Twitter with a range of allegations against the leader.
Mr Ross said today it was clear he'd had a falling out with leader Simon Bridges.
He said he once thought Mr Bridges was capable of being Prime Minister, "but now that I see what he's really like it is clear that he's not".
"Simon is a flawed individual without a moral compass."
Mr Ross said Mr Bridges breached electoral law several times, and that it was not acceptable.
He alleged Mr Bridges had carried out unlawful activity relating to election donations, including activity which Mr Bridges denied yesterday.
National leader Simon Bridges responds
National leader Simon Bridges says Jami-Lee Ross's allegations he broke the electoral law are "baseless" and "entirely false".
He said the accusations were baseless and entirely false and he invited Mr Ross to take them to police.
"We are talking about a guy who is lying, leaking, who is lashing out", he said.
He said National MPs had voted to expel Mr Ross from caucus and that he still had strong support from his caucus to remain leader of National.
This article was originally published by RNZ.
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