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'I create a positive environment for all staff' - National's Maggie Barry speaks out over bullying allegations

National MP Maggie Barry has spoken out about bullying claims against her, which she says were not upheld when investigated. 

She said she was "certainly" cleared from the allegations.

"There were two allegations made, they were thoroughly investigated by the public service and were not upheld. So the allegations around bullying and harassment were not found to be true."

Revelations against the National MP come as the Retirement Commissioner is stood down while claims against her are investigated. Source: 1 NEWS

It came after Weekend Herald reported Ms Barry was investigated after two employees were said to have made accusations of bullying. 

"If people feel they have had a bullying or harassment issue, then they are free to come to me or through public services," she said. 

"I create a positive environment for all staff... when people come to work I have high expectations of myself and of my staff, but I believe you always treat people with respect and that's what I've endeavored to do in all of my work places. 

Ms Barry said she had approached Parliament's inquiry into bullying and harassment and was "very happy" to answer questions. 

Ms Barry said the allegations were thoroughly investigated by the public service and were not upheld. Source: 1 NEWS