Parliamentary Service releases findings of investigation into Maggie Barry

Parliamentary Service releases findings of investigation into Maggie Barry
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The Parliamentary Service has released the findings of its investigation into National MP Maggie Barry, accused of asking a staff member to carry out political party work during work hours. 

The findings say there was "no evidence of material or systematic abuse of staff to undertake party or political work". 

It noted that the investigation confirmed that some allegations were "substantiated". That is, there were some instances where staff time was spent on party or political matters.

However, it concluded that those examples involved an "extremely immaterial amount of time". 

It concluded that no further action will be taken, as the "matters substantiated were minor". 

"We are reassured to see that the Parliamentary Service's investigation found no evidence of any systemic abuse of funding to carry out political party work using Parliamentary Service resources."

The findings have been welcomed by the National Party, a spokesperson told Newshub Thursday evening. 

"The Auditor-General's report has found no cause for concern and he is not taking further action. Ms Barry welcomes this report, the findings confirm that she has always followed the rules."

The Auditor-General received a request in December to look into claims Barry asked a parliamentary support staff member to carry out political party work during work hours.

The Auditor-General then wrote to the general manager of the Parliamentary Service on February 18, asking to carry out an investigation into the claims.

Barry, the MP for North Shore, said in December allegations her parliamentary staff unlawfully did work for the National Party were untrue.

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