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Police probe allegations against federal Labor MP

It’s alleged Mr Thomson, when secretary of the Health Services Union, misused the credit card to pay for the services of  prostitutes.

It’s an accusation he has repeatedly denied, saying another person who he has not named used the card instead.

The NSW police investigation follows increasing pressure by the federal Coalition over the issue which, should it cost Mr Thomson his NSW Central Coast seat, could lead to the downfall of the Gillard minority government.

In a statement today, the NSW police said: “Shadow attorney-general George Brandis has provided information to police in relation to a number of matters concerning a federal Labor MP.”

“This correspondence has now been referred for internal assessment to determine whether a criminal offence has occurred.

As with any other matter where information is brought to the attention of the NSW Police Force, standardised assessment and investigation protocols will be followed.”

Senator Brandis wrote to the NSW police yesterday, urging them to investigate the matter.

He said police should ignore the political implications of possible charges against Mr Thomson and investigate the matter.

Julia Gillard has repeatedly expressed her “full confidence” in Mr Thomson and her office said today the investigation was “a matter for the NSW Police”.

Ms Gillard said today she had spoken with Mr Thomson, but the NSW ALP’s decision to cover $90,000 of Mr Thomson’s legal expenses, following the withdrawal of a defamation action related to the allegations, was a matter for that branch.

“Let’s remember here in this very parliament we’ve had members of parliament, members of the Howard government, investigated by the Australian Federal Police and ultimately the police found they had no case to answer,” Ms Gillard said.

“In the meantime the member for Dobell is doing his job as a member in this parliament.”

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