26 Nov 2009

Hide apologises to party over travel row

9:18 am on 26 November 2009

ACT Party leader Rodney Hide has apologised to his party for the controversy over taking his partner on an official visit to Britain, the United States and Canada.

Mr Hide was criticised for using his parliamentary travel allowance to pay for Louise Crome to accompany him on a ministerial trip that included going to her brother's wedding in Britain.

Mr Hide, who formerly campaigned against what he called MPs' perks, also used the parliamentary travel allowance to pay for flights for a holiday in Hawaii.

He subsequently paid the money back once his use of the perks was publicised.

Last Sunday he faced his fellow MPs at a special caucus meeting, as well as the ruling board of the ACT Party.

During those discussions Mr Hide apologised for his actions and made it clear he had learned his lesson.

Mr Hide told Morning Report he took the opportunity to discuss whether there were any issues with his leadership and there was no challenge to position.