ANOTHER prominent Liberal is said to have met the staffer at the centre of sexual harassment allegations against Speaker Peter Slipper in the days before the explosive claims were made public.
A Sunshine Coast LNP member has told the National Times that James Ashby met with Mr Slipper's long-time political rival and former Howard cabinet minister Mal Brough on the Sunshine Coast in early April when he was still working as Mr Slipper's press secretary.
The meeting is said to have taken place on Queensland's Sunshine Coast - Mr Brough and Mr Slipper's home territory. It is not known whether it was Mr Ashby or Mr Brough that initiated the meeting.
Mr Brough - who is heavily backed to win preselection for Mr Slipper's seat of Fisher - did not respond to repeated requests for comment today.
The claim of the meeting with Mr Ashby comes after a week in which Liberal powerbroker Christopher Pyne was forced to alter his recollection three times over his dealings with Mr Ashby.