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Maurice Williamson allowed to go on Ellen

Mon 22 Apr 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

National MP Maurice Williamson has been given the Prime Minister’s permission to appear on huge-rating US talkshow Ellen. His ‘big gay rainbow’ speech was played on the show last week after it went viral online. Normally politicians are not allowed to take up the offer of a paid trip, but Prime Minister John Key told TV One's Breakfast this morning that Williamson "can absolutely go". "Anyone who has seen Maurice speak before, the good people of Pakuranga, will know what I'm talking about, he is very funny." "He is ferociously bright, he's always had that incredibly witty sense of humour and I don't think that he did an awful lot of planning for that speech." Key says any payment the MP gets for the appearance will go to charity. YouTube clips of Williamson's speech have hit 15 million views.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 22nd April 2013 - 10:48am

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