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Carter Says He'll Stay

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Carter Says He'll Stay

Wellington, Aug 26 NZPA - Te Atatu MP Chris Carter says he is staying put as an MP and is not looking for other work.

Mr Carter is on two months' leave from Parliament after being outed as the writer of an anonymous letter sent to media on July 29 which said a coup was planned by Labour MPs who believed the party could not win next year's election with Phil Goff as leader.

Mr Carter was suspended from caucus -- the parliamentary side of the party and remains in Parliament as an independent.

He is still a member of the Labour Party, which cannot deal with him until he fronts up at a council meeting.

"At this point in time I'm happy to be the member for Te Atatu and I will be working hard for my constituents," Mr Carter told TV One as he left an Auckland gym yesterday.

"I think everybody knows I've been a bit stressed, I've been a bit harassed by media, I'm on sick leave at the moment, I've just been to a yoga class which I think is actually very good for me."

He denied rumours he had asked people in Labour to find him a job.

Mr Goff said he has not had recent contact with Mr Carter but Labour would be ready for a by-election in Te Atatu if he quit.

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