Todd Barclay scandal: Police assess reopening investigation

Police will assess new information on Todd Barclay secretly recording a staff member after disputes in his electoral office.

"NZ Police are assessing the information that has been discussed publically in recent days in relation to any impact on the findings of the original Todd Barclay inquiry," Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers told Newshub.

On Tuesday night, Mr Barclay said he accepted a statement Prime Minister Bill English made to police when the investigation was opened in 2016.

In the statement, Mr English tells police Mr Barclay came to him saying he had made recordings in his electoral office. Mr English told police he hadn't seen the device.

Police closed the case in 2016 after being unable to get a statement from Mr Barclay, but Mr Barclay's acceptance of Mr English's statement could be enough for them to reopen the case.

Before becoming Mr Barclay's electorate agent, Glenys Dickson had been a staffer for Prime Minister Bill English for 17 years. Text messages sent by Mr English, who was deputy Prime Minister at the time of the dispute, show she was paid out a large settlement "because of the privacy breach".

This comes as Steven Joyce refused to back Mr Barclay on Newstalk ZB today. Mr Joyce said the issue is for Mr Barclay to sort out for the party in Clutha-Southland.

On Wednesday morning, further allegations of false statements made by Mr Barclay to media emerged.

Mr Barclay told NZME in March there had been complaints about staffer Glenys Dickson and she had been reprimanded.

But a letter from Parliamentary Services, who take care of employment matters, says no complaints existed.

"Parliamentary Services has neither received any complaint about you nor has it carried out any employment investigation or taken any disciplinary action against you," the letter written to Ms Dickson and provided to Newsroom, says.

Newshub.

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