Winston Peters ejected from House


NZ First leader Winston Peters was sent packing from Parliament yesterday for calling National MP Gerry Brownlee (right) an "illiterate woodwork teacher".

Mr Peters takes line honours for being the first MP to be kicked out by the Speaker this parliamentary term. Being sent from the House officially prevents him from entering again for the rest of the day. Mr Peters had taken exception after Mr Brownlee questioned how the Speaker could understand "the vagaries of a Winston Peters question".

In return, Mr Peters said such an insult required an apology, "particularly from some illiterate woodwork teacher".

While many of the other MPs all laughed, the Speaker was not impressed.

He said he had admonished Mr Brownlee for his comment, and Mr Peters knew he could not use points of order to abuse another MP. APN News & Media

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