EbeneInfo – UA – Liza Harvey announces shocking decision to step down as WA opposition leader ahead of national election

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Liberal MP Liza Harvey says she resigns as opposition leader in Western Australia, with less than four months of state elections

Ms Harvey made the shocking announcement on Sunday, sending a written statement to her fellow Liberal MPs

« I stand on the sidelines to give the Liberal Party – with a new leadership team – the chance to reset our election strategy and give the public a real choice in the March election, » said Harvey in his press release

Ms Harvey referred to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it had « been extremely difficult for our message to resonate »

« I am also standing on the sidelines to give our very good candidates the opportunity to be elected as a new generation of members representing the Liberal Party, » she said

« This decision will give them clean air. They are energetic young men and women who will be strong and hardworking members of their communities »

In a brief press conference following the dispatch of the statement, Ms Harvey described Premier McGowan’s administration as a government « doing nothing »

« Although they did a good job closing the borders, the difficult task was always going to be to get out of the lockdown

She will remain leader until a meeting of the Liberal Party is held on Wednesday to appoint her replacement

Ms Harvey had come under scrutiny from management in a poll that indicated the party was at risk of heavy losses in the March 13 election

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Health spokesperson Zak Kirkup, shadow treasurer Dean Nalder and Cottesloe MP David Honey are seen as Ms Harvey’s most likely successors

The MP for Bateman previously unsuccessfully challenged then Prime Minister Colin Barnett to leadership in 2016, months before the Liberals suffered a heavy electoral loss

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EbeneInfo – UA – Liza Harvey announces decision shocking to step down as WA Leader of the Opposition ahead of state elections

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-22/wa-opposition-leader-liza-harvey-quits-as-party-leader/12908696

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