Winston Peters: Labour Party scandal “a disgraceful orgy of speculation and innuendo”

Returning to the Beehive after a few weeks of medical leave, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters described the recent sexual assault scandal plaguing the Labour Party as “a disgraceful orgy of speculation and innuendo”, and lashed out at the National Party.

"What I saw unfolding is actually a disgrace,” Mr. Peters said.

The Party Leader said that "some people have been treated very unfairly", and that he would await the results of the QC investigation into the complaints.

Mr Peters also accused the National Party of hypocrisy over its criticism of Labour.

"I would have started back on [deputy opposition leader] Paula Bennett and her party and read their pedigree out on these matters and what had done in the past," he said.

"And I would have said: 'When all this was happening, how did the opposition parties like the Greens, NZ First and Labour act? Well we didn't act in that tawdry way you have’.”

Those comments were in reference to the National Party’s own sexual assault scandal that happened last year, which caused the eviction of an electorate MP from their Party’s caucus.

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