Jami-Lee Ross to take complaint to police on Bridges todayby Chris Bramwell
Next move in the stoush between Jami-Lee Ross and Simon Bridges will see the former National MP go to police over the actions of his former boss.
National has hit back saying it can find no proof of Mr Ross' accusations, and he is welcome to take his allegations to the police.
In an extraordinary day at Parliament yesterday Jami-Lee Ross dropped a bombshell on his former party and its leadership.
In his 53-minute press conference, Jami-Lee Ross leveled a string of serious allegations about Simon Bridge's conduct as a leader and outlining what he said was a breach of electoral law.
Mr Ross said in May this year he and Mr Bridges attended a dinner at home of a wealthy businessman who the following week offered a $100,000 donation.
Mr Ross claimed Simon Bridges asked him to get the donation, but also split it into smaller parts so it was below the threshold where it would have to be made public.
Mr Ross said he did so, splitting it into smaller donations below the $15,000 threshold - and rang Mr Bridges back and recorded that call.
"I reminded him that he had dinner at the individual's home, he acknowledged this by saying yes, I reminded him that he was offered a $100,000 donations, he also agreed with this point by saying 'yes', I then told him the $100,000 donation had been received, he expressed his excitement by saying 'fantastic'.
"I then asked him what he wanted done with the donation and we discussed how to tell party president Peter Goodfellow."
Mr Ross claimed a month ago National's general manager Greg Hamilton asked him about the split donation and who gave him the money.
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