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May 8, 2019

National MP Nick Smith named in Parliament and suspended

Long-serving National MP Nick Smith has been named in Parliament for the third time in his career - one of the most severe punishments a Speaker can hand out.

Dr Smith has been suspended for one day, which means he's barred from having his vote cast, from sitting on a select committee, from even entering the debating chamber.

Furthermore, for every day suspended, he will have about a day's pay deducted from his salary.

It's only the third time in his nearly 29 years in the House this has happened.

The situation came to a head after the mother of a young man killed by a drugged driver was yelling at the Police Minister Stuart Nash from the public gallery.

Dr Smith accused the Speaker Trevor Mallard of being "soft on drugs, like the government''.

Mr Mallard said to the House: "The question now is that Nick Smith be suspended from the service of the house. Those that are of that opinion will say aye ... to the contrary, no ... the ayes have it."

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