Statement from David O’Byrne, Leader of Tasmanian Parliamentary Labor Party

Tasmanian Labor

I
will be tendering my resignation as Leader of the Tasmanian Parliamentary Labor
Party at the next Caucus meeting.

The
allegations raised will be dealt with through the confidential process
initiated by the State Secretary. I intend to respect the confidentiality of
that process and I will make no further public comment on it.

Ongoing
speculation about this matter is not in the best interests of the Party. The
focus of the Party needs to be on holding the Gutwein Government to account and
the current debate is a distraction from this central task.

I
have a life-long commitment to the cause of Labor and my decision to resign
from the Leadership reflects this.

I intend to remain in the Tasmanian House of Assembly as the member for Franklin. I will continue to represent the people of Franklin and to represent them to the best of my ability.

I will neither seek nor accept any Shadow portfolios and will give my strong support to a new Labor leadership team.

David O’Byrne MP

Labor Member for Franklin

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