Liberal MP Craig Laundy has officially announced he is quitting politics “to focus more on his family”.
In an email to his constituents, the NSW MP said he had spoken with Prime Minister Scott Morrison to advise him he would not be recontesting the seat of Reid in the upcoming Federal election.
“Since 2013, it has been an absolute honour to represent the people of Reid in Canberra, as well as being Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation,” Mr Laundy said.
“The reality of modern politics is that, more often than not, a member of parliament has to put their constituents ahead of their family.”
“It’s now time to focus on my family, who I have spent so much time away from.”
“Over the past 12 months, my family have faced a number of challenges, and as a father, husband and son, I’ve made the difficult decision to quit politics to put them first.”
“This was never just a job to me. It was an opportunity to serve the electorate that my family has called home for four generations.”
A close of ally of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Laundy departure had been the centre of speculation over recent months.
His announcement follows Liberals Julie Bishop, Christopher Pyne, Steve Ciobo, Michael Keenan and Kelly O’Dwyer announcing they were quitting.