Spiking Rudd

Kevin Rudd must be fuming with the pistols at dawn threat issued by a Labor MP over a potential leadership change:

A GOVERNMENT MP clinging to the most marginal Labor seat in Queensland says he will quit politics and force a byelection should Julia Gillard be dumped as prime minister.

In a threat which has the potential to bring down the government, Graham Perrett told the Herald Labor was wrong to remove a prime minister last year and he would not be a party to such an act again.

Despite holding his Brisbane seat of Moreton by 1.1 per cent, meaning he would be wiped out if the polls did not improve, Mr Perrett said dumping Kevin Rudd had been a breach of faith with his voters.

”I will not be breaking faith with the people of Moreton. I did it in 2010 and I’ve been constantly reminded by my voters that I did that,” he said.

If there were another leadership change, Mr Perrett said he would quit politics.

”The consequence will be a byelection in Moreton.

”This is not about loyalty to Julia Gillard or Kevin Rudd, it’s about loyalty to the people of Moreton. This is about me keeping faith with the people who put me in office,” Mr Perrett said.

He said the threat applied to this year and next, and most likely 2013, the election year, because he felt Ms Gillard and her government needed time.

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