MacGregor's 'massage texts' to Craig revealed in court

Colin Craig (File)
Colin Craig (File)

Messages allegedly from Colin Craig's ex-press secretary, Rachel MacGregor, to the former Conservative Party leader have been read out in court.

Craig is on trial, defending a defamation case brought by Taxpayers' Union director Jordan Williams.

Ms MacGregor has accused Craig of sexually harassing her - however, Craigs's lawyers say the alleged messages from Ms MacGregor show a very different side to her relationship with Craig.

"I hope there's time for me to loosen up your shoulders tomorrow," Ms MacGregor said in one message to Craig.

"I just wanted to say thank you so, so, so, so, sooooo much for your letter. Some of the words in it are powerful, it means so much to me that you have taken the time to write it. Thank you. I am reading it and re-reading it. See you when you get in," read another message.

"You are consistently proving your strength of character. You are a man of your word, you have integrity," said part of another.

"You have a big heart and you genuinely care for people. I love how you see life through more than your natural eyes, you see much deeper and you act on what you see with your spirit."

Craig's lawyer, Stephen Mills QC said Mr Williams should have made sure there was no reciprocation from MacGregor before alleging Craig sexually harrassed her.

However Mr Williams said that even if there was another side to the messages, "often in sexual harassment there is two-way communication".

"I believe [Craig] was misusing his power over a young woman and I therefore believe him to be fundamentally flawed to lead a Christian-based movement," he told the court.

The trial is expected to last up to five weeks.