David Elliot rules out tilt at federal politics

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The intervention also means that Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons will be denied a chance to contest her preselection for Hughes. Preselections were to be held on Thursday.

Ms Gibbons is one of three nominees for Hughes, which is held by Liberal turncoat Craig Kelly, including lawyer Jenny Ware and Alex Cook.

She had threatened she would quit politics entirely if she was denied a chance to contest federal preselection. However, Ms Gibbons said: “While I still need to see the implications of this announcement, the local branch members I have spoken to are still ready to campaign and eager to win back Hughes for the Liberal Party.

“I’ll be joining them, in whatever capacity helps, to ensure this happens.”

It had been expected that another former Young Liberal president Alex Dore would be parachuted into Hughes.

However, a senior party figure said war widow and family advocate Gwen Cherne was being considered.

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