National Party leader Simon Bridges has come back in full swing against allegations that he is a “corrupt” politician.
On Tuesday, the National Party caucus voted unanimously to expel Jami-Lee Ross following his public allegations over political donations.
“We have dealt with a lone wolf MP,” Mr Bridges told the media in a statement.
Earlier on Tuesday morning, Mr Ross launched a blistering attack on Mr Bridges. The rogue MP called Mr Bridges “corrupt” and “without a moral compass” for allegedly filing a false electoral return.
"Filing a false return is a corrupt place. Falsifying the name of a donor to hide the identity is a corrupt practice," Mr Ross said, claiming that that Mr Bridges asked him to split a $100,000 donation into smaller amounts to hide it.
Watch the full statement from Jami-Lee Ross above.
'I've done nothing wrong': Simon Bridges tells RadioLIVE
But Mr Bridges called the allegations “baseless” in a statement on Tuesday, and invited Mr Ross to lay a formal complaint to the police.
He said there was "zero chance of having done anything illegal."
“The police need to investigate this promptly and thoroughly because I’ll tell you what, it has zero chance of success, because it’s wrong,” Mr Bridges said repeatedly.
Simon Bridges reiterated his stance again on radio this afternoon.
“You’ve got completely false allegations with zero merit from Jami-Lee Ross,” Mr Bridges told RadioLIVE Drive.
“I’ve done nothing wrong – there is zero chance of him having any success on [those allegations]. What he needs to do is go to the police, make it all public and put up or shut up.”
Mr Bridges denounced Mr Ross following his actions, and told reporters that Mr Ross is “no longer part of National going forward”. He emphasised that Mr Ross is alone in his rogue behaviour, with all 55 National MPs voting in favour of expelling him.
"The 55 people who know about this the most and the best have decided this is the right thing to do. It's the strongest possible action the caucus can take, and it's because we are united," said Mr Bridges.
Mr Ross earlier announced he has resigned his National Party membership and seat in the House of Representatives, and instead will stand as an independent at an upcoming Botany by-election.
Listen to the full interview with Simon Bridges above.