Outgoing Auckland Central electorate MP Judith Tizard has assured staff and family that she will not be stepping down as an MP in spite of her loss to National Party candidate Nicky Kaye in last weekends General Election.
‘I certainly never heard anything about any election,’ Tizard told the Dim-Post this morning. ‘And if there was something like that going on I like to think I’d be one of the first to know.’
Upon being informed of the results Tizard was quick to dismiss their significance.
‘I don’t think this represents the true wishes of the people of New Zealand or the people of Auckland Central,’ Tizard said. ‘This is clearly a rogue election result with no real impact that the media is beating up in order to sell more papers.’
Tizard also confirmed that she would retain her role as an MP and Associate Minister for Arts and Culture no matter what the shape of the new government.
‘What on earth would I do for a living if I wasn’t an MP anymore?’ Tizard asked. ‘I’ve never heard anything so absurd.’
‘On top of everything else I have Sydney fashion week and the Cannes film festival coming up. How the hell would I pay for that if I wasn’t Associate Arts Minister?’
‘I really don’t think the voters have thought this through.’
Tizard has also confirmed that she will be maintaining her full contingent of staff and offices, rejecting the suggestion that she would now have to make her own dinner reservations and purchase her own plane tickets as ‘the worst kind of hate speech’.
Incoming National MP Nicky Kaye has advised she is negotiating a solution with Paliamentary Services, Tizard’s private secretary and an Armed Offenders unit.