Cleggan surprised his colleagues in Congress in July, announcing his intention to retire from the state legislature just four years later and return to law practice. InDaily Report last month He was open to rethinking his decisions after lobbying from a senior party figure.
Cleggan, who met center-right fellow Steve Murray and Marshall yesterday, said he was concerned that McKillop’s Nick McBride could leave the party and run independently. InDaily Today he changed his mind and “decided to seek reelection.”
It was previously preselected on Kavel’s Hills sheet, so it’s understood that you don’t need to ask for further party approval to continue.
InDaily He is not given any guarantees about the front bench or other roles, but understands that he was seeking a funding promise from the prime minister to voters.
“After careful consideration and the encouragement of many in my community, I decided to seek reelection,” said Cleggan. In Daily.
“I am passionate about this work and am excited about future challenges.”
He said, “I personally write to everyone in my seat seeking their support in the election, recognizing that I am working for them and only my community can extend my contract. I will write. “
Cregan and Murray declined to comment yesterday when asked if they were personally considering leaving the liberals, and this month they moved away from the party’s right, which emerged as a centre-right secession group last year. Cruel the conservative criticism of the liberal. AGM.
Murray said InDaily He said, “I was very, very happy. [Cregan] I have decided to continue. “
“It’s really great for Dan to come back and try to extend his contract with the Cabel community and serve them and Congress like he does,” he said.
That’s because the pair is believed to have lobbyed Marshall about the future division of McBride from the party. Since his predecessor Mitch Williams was first elected in 1997, it was possible to see his southeastern voters win for the first time by an independent.
Williams later became deputy leader after returning to the Liberal Party.
Marshall told reporters today that McBride, who refused to comment publicly, “is in some talks at this point” about his future at the party.
“I think he’s very passionate about his voters. I’m very passionate about his voters,” he said.
“They elected liberal, and I think they expect it to continue.”
Marshall said at a party room meeting last week that tensions were rising, suggesting that McBride should not cross the floor with recent legislation to expand the state’s COVID-19 emergency authority. I declined to comment on the content, but confirmed it. “I am [McBride] Very regularly. “
“I don’t go to personal conversations,” he said.
McBride has long expressed concern about the impact of border closures on the community and the delay in processing the exemption for the return of South Australians.
Marshall said today: “I think many lawmakers (Labor and Liberal) have general complaints about the exemption process.”
“We know this is very punishing for individuals and families … but my main concern must always be to keep South Australians safe,” he said. rice field.
“My focus is on overcoming this pandemic, gaining SA and creating as many jobs as possible.”
Marshall said when McBride, Cleggan and Murray joined the former liberal Fraser Ellis in 2018 to oppose the government’s mining bill. “Look away from the ball” By allowing the division of political parties to spill over into parliament.
But he also disputed doing so, saying, “I think this is a different situation.”
“There were some slow fixes that were moved [on the emergency powers Bill] This put us in a completely different situation because we didn’t go through the normal party room process, “he said.
But when asked if he could have avoided the potential split of McBride if he had dealt with McBride’s concerns in another way, Marshall said, “I don’t know what you’re referring to.” rice field.
When asked if he was concerned about the resurgence of the faction division that had hurt the party in recent decades, Marshall emphasized “no.”
“I’m focusing on getting SA with the team across the team through the coronavirus and creating as many jobs as possible,” he said.
Marshall was asked if he was concerned about the possibility of another liberal member moving to a crossbench that already included Ellis, Sam Duruk, and Mount Gambier’s Troy Bell.
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