Liberal MP Julia Banks has announced she won’t seek reelection in her seat at the next Federal Election, flipping an enormous middle finger to the party and providing yet another headache for new Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Banks, who was elected to the marginal Melbourne seat of Chisholm in 2016, issued a statement today praising ousted leader Malcolm Turnbull and his second-in-command Julie Bishop, while calling the leadership spill “the last straw.”
The MP said she in addition to fervently supporting the Turnbull government, she had experienced “bullying and intimidation” from within her own party during her time in office.
Banks voiced her support for whoever the Liberal Party will preselect to fill the void at the next election, before asking “simply that in the months ahead that people be kind.”
It’s only the latest fallout of the failed leadership coup to install Peter Dutton as PM. In addition to Banks’ decision not to recontest the seat, Turnbull himself is set to resign, leading to a by-election in his seat of Wentworth.
Bishop, long the Liberal Party’s most favoured MP, is also likely not to recontest her seat next time around. Oh, the first Newspoll after the spill also revealed a massive two-party preferred swing to Labor, too.