Julia Banks quits Liberal party as Morrison announces April budget – politics live – The Guardian

Liberal MP Julia Banks is giving a personal statement in the House of Representatives, stating she will move to the crossbench and become an independent.

She said she will continue to give Scott Morrison’s government confidence and supply and make a decision in the new year about whether to recontest her seat.

Banks noted that many constituents urged her to stay in politics after she announced she would not recontest the next election for the Liberals.

Banks says her personal commitment to liberal values has not changed, “the Liberal party has changed”.

She blames the “reactionary right wing” who she said talk to and about themselves rather than the Australian people.

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