EbeneInfo – AU – Harvey steps down from management, Kirkup and Nalder in race for top job

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Liza Harvey has resigned as Liberal leader of WA as mounting pressure over popularity from Prime Minister Mark McGowan remains in state election

Party health spokesperson Zak Kirkup and shadow treasurer Dean Nalder both said they would run for the Liberal leadership at a special meeting in the party hall which will be held at the beginning of the week

WA Liberal health spokesperson Zak Kirkup has confirmed he will run for the party’s leadershipCredit: Lauren Pilat

At a press conference on Sunday morning, Ms Harvey said she was standing on the sidelines to give the party a chance to reset its electoral strategy

« I stand aside so that the new leadership team can move our party forward and give our candidates the best chance of being elected in the communities in which they campaign, » she said

« As we head into the March 13 elections, every voter in Western Australia needs to be clear You will elect a government to take control for the next four years

« Although they did a good job closing the borders, the difficult task was always going to be to get out of the lockdown It is very clear that the Labor government has no plan for this »

Ms Harvey said the move would give Liberal candidates, including those who have resigned their posts to run for the party, « clean air »

M Kirkup said Ms Harvey had « done an exceptional job under the most difficult circumstances, and the party will be forever indebted to her »

« His compassion and determination for our state is second to none and I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside him, » he said

« As for the Liberal leaders, I can confirm that I will be a candidate. I think it is extremely important that we have a unified team to make it to the next election and ensure that the people of Western Australia have a real choice « 

Ms Harvey said she would use the 111 days leading up to the election to campaign for re-election to her Scarborough seat

Speculation over Ms Harvey’s leadership peaked ahead of the last scheduled meeting of all Liberal politicians in the state ahead of the election two weeks ago

This left Ms Harvey unassailable, with a change likely only if she decided to step down on her own terms

The party has carried out statewide polls in recent weeks, and high-level MPs were briefed at the meeting two weeks ago

Liberal MPs backed Ms. Harvey before the final sitting of Parliament which ended last week

But Darling Range MP Alyssa Hayden said she should stay in charge until the election is over as the party had « no ballot to say otherwise »

Other possible leadership candidates are Cottesloe MP David Honey, Churchlands MP Sean L’Estrange and Vasse MP Libby Mettam

« We live in a pandemic and a world that is melting with countries in the grip of all kinds of difficulties all over the world and Western Australia is a beacon for doing well, a beacon for the whole world », a- he declared

« I don’t think we should risk this, I don’t think we should risk it and I think changing governments in March is a huge risk, especially when the Liberal Party is so unstable and disunited. »

M McGowan did not comment on the Liberal he would face in the election, but said: « If you want to be prime minister you have to have experience in both government and opposition.

« You must have fought for this, » he said « You must have worked for this, you must want it if you want to be the prime minister of this state »

Nathan is WAtoday political reporter and winner of the 2019 Arthur Lovekin Award for Excellence in Journalism

Liza Harvey, Liberal Party of Australia (Western Australia Division), Leader of the Opposition, Dean Nalder

EbeneInfo – AU – Harvey resigns from the leadership, Kirkup and Nalder in the job race

Source: https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/harvey-resigns-leadership-to-give-liberals-clear-air-ahead-of-election-20201122-p56gtj.html

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