Benson-Pope is gone!!!!
Sound like Benson Pope will be gone by lunchtime. TVNZ have done a useful chronology of cockups and managed to spell Benson-Pope in three different ways - perhaps to go with three different versions of his story. Benson-Pope will be giving a statement later on.
UPDATE He resigned before he was pushed. Well before lunchtime too. Now, I wonder if Ministry for the Environment boss Hugh Logan will be asked whether he Benson-Pope told him "I`m not having this woman working in my office" - and if he did so, whether Logan will reveal that.
Benson-Pope said he regretted his resignation but he had not done anything "inappropriate".
"I have had more than my fair share of personal abuse and attack from the opposition, their fellow travellers and parts of the media," he said in his statement, which he wrote last night after Heather Simpson called him and told him it was all over.
Most of the attacks were deserved, of course. Good riddance. Lets have a by-election as well.
Well done the media - particularly Duncan Garner. Well done the opposition researchers for question 6.Without you Benson -Pope would still be a Minister today.