14 Feb 2013

Prosser won't resign over anti-Muslim controversy

10:34 am on 14 February 2013

The New Zealand First MP at the centre of controversy over anti-Muslim comments is refusing to step down.

Richard Prosser sparked outrage when he wrote in a magazine column that he thought young Muslim men, or those who looked like Muslims should be banned from Western airlines.

MPs from across the political spectrum have called for Mr Prosser to resign, even though he has apologised unreservedly for the comments.

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says her party does not want to work with him in any future government.

Labour Party leader David Shearer said he would not have Mr Prosser as a minister in any government he leads.

Neither party would rule out a deal with New Zealand First, however.