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MP kicked out for wearing Highlanders jersey

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Article Published: Tuesday 7 June 2011






Labour MP for Dunedin South Clare Curran was thrown out of Parliament's debating chamber on Tuesday for wearing a Blue Highlanders rugby jersey in protest against the new lime green jersey.

Curran's protest has caused a debate in New Zealand as she was told that the jersey breached the parliamentary dress code but she says that she is sure exactly what that standard is.

Speaker Lockwood Smith said that said it was not suitable attire for the debating chamber, "I let the member ask the questions but I do insist that the standard of this house be upheld," says Mr Smith

"The House does have a dress code. If the member is wearing the top of a sports team, I can imagine an occasion where the Speaker's permission might be sought to do that," Smith told TVNZ.

"But if it is a sports top the member is wearing, I'd ask her to leave the chamber and come back dressed consistently with the standing orders of the House."

Curran then asked the Speaker to refer her to the dress code for women as is it not clear what the standard is.

"I'm a member of Parliament, I represent my constituents. "

"A very large majority of Dunedin people don't like the fact that the brand for the Highlanders has changed and so Iím sticking up for them," she told 3News.

Highlanders' officials last week said that they had changed the blue and yellow colours to the new lime green to "represent the physical characteristics of the whole franchise region".

 
 
 
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