Shipley sacks rebel minister
Saturday 15 August 1998
Ms Shipley accused Mr Peters, who staged a walk-out of his New Zealand First party ministers from a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, of bringing the country's reputation into disrepute and impugning her integrity.
She insisted the coalition government, in power since December 1996, would remain in place pending a commitment from the four other NZ First ministers to stay in the Cabinet.
One, the Associate Treasurer, Tuariki Delamere, accused Mr Peters of misleading the country and said: "The Prime Minister has my unwavering support at this time." The others said they would make up their minds over the weekend.
Last night, Mr Peters expressed confidence in his colleagues' loyalty.
"These are not people who can be bought off," said Mr Peters, who formed his New Zealand First party after being sacked for disloyalty while a minister under Jim Bolger, Ms Shipley's predecessor, in 1991.
Ms Shipley's conservative National Party needs support from seven of NZ First's 16 MPs to get a majority in the 120-seat parliament. Meanwhile, 10 opposition MPs have promised to back her on votes of confidence and money supply.
The Prime Minister said if the coalition collapsed she would run a minority National Party government. She ruled out an early election, saying she intended to see out the government's three-year term, which expires late next year.
- 2 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
Mafia's wall of silence broken: Victim of Cosa Nostra's extortion rackets in its Corleone heartland co-operates with authorities for the first time ever
Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Sir David Attenborough interview: The one question about life that still baffles him
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: This post arises as a result of the need to...
£120 - £150 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: I am recruiting on instruction o...
£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...
£24000 - £28000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wim...