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Former NZ First MP dies suddenly in UK, aged 55

Author
Lincoln Tan, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 12 Jun 2022, 9:20am
Richard Prosser when he was a NZ First MP during question time in Parliament in 2013. Photo / Mark MItchell
Richard Prosser when he was a NZ First MP during question time in Parliament in 2013. Photo / Mark MItchell

Former NZ First MP dies suddenly in UK, aged 55

Author
Lincoln Tan, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 12 Jun 2022, 9:20am

Controversial former NZ First MP Richard Prosser has reportedly died at the age of 55 in Britain. 

Radio Central reported on Facebook that it was saddened to learn of the sudden death of "friend and UK correspondent Richard Prosser". 

"Richard was a lovely, clever man and I will miss him greatly," it said. 

"Please, please, please, open up to someone, anyone, if you have feelings of despair. There's always someone who can help and there's always someone who loves and needs you." 

The Counterspin website, one of New Zealand's biggest online platforms for anti-vaccination campaigners and conspiracy theories, said; "After hearing the sad news in our chat, we can confirm that Richard Prosser has left us after a long battle with depression." 

Prosser entered Parliament as a NZ First list MP in 2011. Soon afterwards it emerged that he had previously been advocating for banning the burqa in New Zealand in an article for Investigate magazine. 

He released a book outlining his political views called Uncommon Dissent in 2012, in which he claimed that New Zealand and Western society had been "hijacked by a conspiracy of Silly Little Girls". 

His most controversial moment as an MP was his "Wogistan" comment the following year. 

Writing for Investigate magazine, Prosser stated: "If you are a young male, aged between say about 19 and about 35, and you're a Muslim, or you look like a Muslim, or you come from a Muslim country, then you are not welcome to travel on any of the West's airlines." 

Prosser further stated that the rights of New Zealanders' were being "denigrated by a sorry pack of misogynist troglodytes from Wogistan, threatening our way of life and security of travel in the name of their stone age religion, its barbaric attitudes towards women, democracy, and individual choice". 

In May 2020 Prosser claimed that the Covid-19 pandemic was a global conspiracy intended to transfer greater power to financial and political elites. 

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