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Conservative Party chairman resigns amidst Colin Craig saga


The chairman of the Conservative Party has resigned just days after the Party's leader Colin Craig stepped down following sexual harassment rumours.

More than half of the Conservative Party’s board has resigned in the wake of the ongoing scandal around the party’s former leader. Source: 1 NEWS

Brian Dobbs said he had resigned as the chairman and a member of the Conservative Party of New Zealand due to "some recent revelations".

"It is with great sadness that I do this as I know there is a strong conservative movement within New Zealand that desperately needs representation and a voice in Parliament. As demonstrated by the 140,000 voters gained in the last election whom resonated with the policies that are democratic, moral, social and fiscal conservativism," he said.

"However due to some recent revelations and the events of the last week it has become untenable for me to remain a member and the Chairman of the conservative party."

Mr Dobbs resignation comes just days after Mr Craig fronted media with his wife Helen and addressed "wild speculations and allegations" regarding his dealings with former press secretary Rachel MacGregor.

He denied rumours of sexual harassment, but admitted some of his dealings with her had been "inappropriate".

"In hindsight, on some occasions our conduct was inappropriate and we have acknowledged that so we can both move on," he said.

"Let me make it very clear that I have never sexually harassed anyone."

Ms MacGregor later said Mr Craig breached a confidentiality agreement between the pair when the former leader spoke to media.

Mr Craig told media he had loaned Ms MacGregor $20,000 to pay off her credit card debt, and had decided to forgive the debt after Ms MacGregor informed them she was unable to pay.