Closely allied MP forced to step down after allegations he made illegal secret audio recordings of a disgruntled former staff member

The prime minister of New Zealand, Bill English, has been hit by his first major political scandal just three months out from the general election, after a government MP resigned amid claims he made illegal tape recordings of a former staff member.

Backbencher Todd Barclay was investigated by police in February 2016 for allegedly recording a staff member’s private conversations in his electorate office without the staffer’s knowledge.

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