Speaker orders National Party ad mocking new Labour MP Anna Lorck removed

Speaker orders National Party ad mocking new Labour MP Anna Lorck removed

February 12, 2021 0 By Hitz
NZ PARLIAMENT
Labour MP Anna Lorck invoked her a centenarian granddad while defending a food supplements bill.

The Speaker has ordered a National Party ad mocking new Labour MP Anna Lorck removed – and sent the MP responsible to a disciplinary committee.

The ad, released by the National Party Twitter account but authorised by Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop, featured clips of a speech made by Lorck celebrating dietary supplements in support of an uncontroversial bill that extends regulations on them.

Her speech featured the tale of her grandfather and the supplements he took (garlic, deer velvet, and bee pollen) and well as her own suggested supplement regime for politicians: Berocca, magnesium, and collagen.

The ad cut up her speech in a humorous fashion, at one point suggesting she was selling the supplements as part of an infomercial.

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Speaker Trevor Mallard ruled that it had to be removed as it used “excerpts of parliamentary footage that have been edited in a way that is misleading.”

He has also ordered that Bishop appear before the Privileges Committee, a special select committee that handles breaches of Parliament’s rules.