'I will be returning to Wellington' - outgoing MP Todd Barclay says he will return to Parliament before end of term

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Outgoing Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay has confirmed publicly for the first time that he will return to Parliament before the current term ends.

A lot of people have been wondering where Todd Barclay has been for the last month. Rachel Parkin went to Gore to try to find him.
Source: Seven Sharp

Sightings of Mr Barclay have been scarce since he announced he would step down at the upcoming election, following allegations that he secretly recorded an electorate staffer.

Mr Barclay has not been in Parliament, was not present at the National Party conference and has not been at any public events since he announced he won't stand in the September election.

He has come under fire for continuing to collect his weekly salary of around $3000, but it has been maintained by the likes of Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett that he was still carrying out electorate work in the deep south.

Mr Barclay today addressed the issue in a statement to Seven Sharp.

"Contrary to recent speculation, I will be returning to Wellington," he said.

He said he continued to advocate for the people of Clutha-Southland.

"As the outgoing MP, I won't be attending public events or publicising my movements in the way I previously would as there will be a new candidate soon and that will be their role.

Mr Barclay, National's Clutha-Southland MP, has been accused of not working while still being paid.
Source: Breakfast

"I put my life and everything I had into this role, but we are now going through a transition of selecting a new candidate, who I hope will give just as much of themself to the role as what I did."

Ms Bennett and the Prime Minister Bill English have said they expected Mr Barclay to return to Wellington for the final weeks of the parliamentary term. 

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