A former Speaker of the House calls downfall of city councillor a stitch up

Publish Date
Mon, 25 Nov 2019, 12:23PM
Former Christchurch City Councillor Deon Swiggs following allegations of misconduct

A former Speaker of the House calls downfall of city councillor a stitch up

Publish Date
Mon, 25 Nov 2019, 12:23PM
A former Speaker of the House has described the downfall of a Christchurch councillor as a stitch up.
Deon Swiggs lost his central city seat after facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour leading up to the election.
The council has dropped an investigation into his conduct because he's no longer a councillor, meaning Swiggs hasn't been able to clear his name.
Former Speaker of the House Sir Kerry Burke told Chris Lynch the matter appears to be, in employment terms, constructive dismissal.
Labour MP Duncan Webb has also said Swiggs was given a raw deal.