New South Wales MP Andrew Constance will give up state politics to run on the subsequent federal election.
The ABC understands the Transport Minister will make the announcement this afternoon, when he can even verify he won’t contest the NSW Liberal management.
As a substitute, he’ll run for the federal seat of Gilmore on the state’s south coast.
Rumours have been swirling for a while that Mr Constance could be working for a seat within the subsequent federal election, and he was tipped to contest the historically Liberal seat.
Gilmore was held by the Liberals for over 20 years till the final election, when Labor’s Fiona Phillips received it in opposition to Warren Mundine.
Mr Constance’s announcement comes simply two days after premier Gladys Berejiklian’s sudden resignation.
Ms Berejiklian introduced she was stepping down as premier, and leaving parliament, an hour after the Impartial Fee In opposition to Corruption (ICAC) introduced she was the subject of an investigation.
Mr Constance was thought-about an outdoor probability to exchange Ms Berejiklian, however was not anticipated to have sufficient assist from his colleagues.
He mounted a failed bid to transition to federal politics final yr, when he sought pre-selection for the seat of Eden Monaro after MP Mike Kelly resigned.
He deserted that plan lower than 24 hours after placing his hand up, saying he wanted to stay targeted on the bushfire restoration in his citizens, and be “grateful for the alternatives I have already got”.
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