James Ashby says Mark Latham ‘spat in’ his, Pauline Hanson’s face

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A senior One Nation figure has accused Mark Latham of “completely lying” after the former leader quit the party and made allegations of defrauding public funds.

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Mark Latham was a “broken man” when he joined One Nation five years ago, and has this week “spat in the face” of the people

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The comments, made by federal leader Pauline Hanson’s chief-of-staff James Ashby, come after Mr Latham sensationally accused One Nation of defrauding NSW

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In a speech to parliament on Tuesday Mr Latham, who until last week led the party in NSW, and upper house MP Rod Roberts announced they would remain as independents.

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Mr Latham sent a letter to Special Minister of State John Graham where he accused the party’s head office of misappropriating more than $270,000 of taxpayer funds on two occasions

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The money, from the NSW Electoral Commission Fund, is designed to reimburse political parties for their spending on administration and operation

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but Mr Latham claims One Nation funnelled the money to the party’s federal office in Brisbane and spent it.

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Senator Hanson has refuted the claims, accusing Mr Latham and Mr Roberts of avoiding responsibility for the party’s poor performance in NSW.

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Mr Ashby went a step further on Tuesday night, telling Sky News host Andrew Bolt that when he met Mr Latham five years ago