Lees volunteering for Nationals

LOCAL National Party heavyweight Murray Lees appears to be dipping a toe back into politics only months after resigning from the party over a drink-driving scandal.

Mr Lees, a former media adviser to Larry Anthony who ran Chris Gulaptis’ 2007 Page campaign and was involved in Dr Sue Page’s run in Richmond the same year, resigned in late January after being sentenced to an eight-month suspended prison sentence for his fourth drink-driving offence.

At the time, Mr Lees said he was stepping down while he dealt with personal problems with depression and drinking.

Mr Lees was chairman of the Tweed Nationals and Richmond electorate councils chairman and, through his company Vote Right, prepared media releases for Nationals figures including Senator Fiona Nash and Page candidate Kevin Hogan.

However, despite his resignation, Mr Lees is still sending out press releases for Mr Hogan and, to a lesser extent, for Sen Nash, although he no longer lists himself as a contact for journalists.

Mr Lees yesterday said he had not stepped back into any of his former roles and would not be acting as campaign manager for Mr Hogan or Nationals Richmond candidate Tania Murdock.

However, he said he still wanted to help where he could and, given his expertise was in media, he was giving the Federal candidates a hand by preparing and sending out media releases for them.

Mr Hogan said the work being done for him by Mr Lees was voluntary.

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