National: Sam Uffindell fully reinstated as National Party MP
5:30 pm on September 16 2022
Sam Uffindell will remain a National Party MP after accusations of bullying and harassment.
At a press conference earlier this afternoon, National Leader Chris Luxon, joined by party president Sylvia Wood and Uffindel himself, announced Uffindell had been reinstated by the party caucus this morning.
Uffindell admitted to being a bully while boarding at Kings College, but has denied allegations from his former university flatmate that he acted in a threatening and abusive way towards her.
National Party president Sylvia Wood said an independent report by Maria Dew KC, which looked at the allegations against Uffindell, "did not substantiate any allegations of bullying outside of Sam's time at King's College".
According to Wood, Uffindell "did not engage in the serious behaviour alleged in the media".
Wood said that aside from his time at King's College and interactions with his flatmate at university, no one else came forward who considered themselves a victim of Mr Uffindell's behaviour.
The findings of the report have not been made public.
Wood said the party has since looked at its disclosure process and determined that Uffindell's bullying at King's should have been made public.
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