Smith Announces Resignation In Parliament

by Desk Editor on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 — 2:10 PM

Nick Smith resigned all his portfolios as a minister when Parliament resumed today.

Smith said in a personal statement to the House that he had acted incorrectly and made an error of judgement when he wrote a letter of reference about a friend in relation to their ACC case while he was the responsible minister.

He told Parliament that he believed he had acted properly in other incidents concerning the friend. However he had not acknowledged his conflict of interest in one other letter concerning his friend and he should therefore resign.

Smith said he did not intend resigning from Parliament and would serve out his term as an MP.

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