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PM say she won't accept Lees-Galloway resignation if offered

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Publish Date
Friday, 9 November 2018, 9:12a.m.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she is not considering removing Iain Lees-Galloway as Immigration Minister and wouldn't accept his resignation if he offered it.

This follows the Immigration Minister admitting he didn't read the full file before granting residency to Czech drug smuggler Karel Sroubek.

Speaking with Chris Lynch the Prime Minister said she is focused on fixing the problem, not on Iain Lees-Galloway. 

When asked directly if she would accept Iain Lees-Galloway's resignation she said, "no because at the moment I'm focused on getting this issue resolved".

The Prime Minister also said she is not looking at removing Lees-Galloway's portfolio as Immigration Minister. 

"This is about getting on with fixing the deportation process in a way that they work and this case in partilcaur needs resolution."

However, she said she is "not happy with the decision given there is contradictory information in the public domain that wasn't contained within the report".

"I've been advised that what Immigration has provided him [Lees-Galloway] around the case, of course, he went through," she said. 

"I'm not saying, however, that I am happy with this process or with this outcome, which is why we have already gone back and have Immigration New Zealand working through the case again."

Jacinda Ardern said she hasn't spoken with Iain Lees-Galloway since yesterday.



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