Long serving MP resigns to fight federal campaign

Updated July 20, 2010 13:21:00

Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan handed in her resignation to the Lieutenant-Governor at Government House today

Alannah MacTiernan has resigned from state parliament in order to run as the Labor candidate in the federal seat of Canning.

Ms MacTiernan has handed her letter of resignation to the Lieutenant-Governor Wayne Martin at Government House.

She has been in state parliament for 17 years and served as a senior minister in the Gallop and Carpenter governments.

Ms MacTiernan is prepared for a contest.

"Look, I think it's going to be a tight fight. As I said, it's a bit of an even money, in my view it's an even money bet," she said.

"A lot of support out there for me. No doubt Don's got people that think he's the business so, we've just got to go out there and sell ourselves to the electorate."

The Member for Canning, Don Randall, has questioned the timing of Ms MacTiernan's resignation.

"I would have thought when you have been endorsed as the candidate for a party that you should actually get out on the ground and start working," he said.

"That's what I did before becoming the Member for Swan and the Member for Canning where I had to find my own financial resources to stay on the ground in the electorate for well over nine months on both occasions."

Tags: government-and-politics, federal-government, federal-state-issues, wa

First posted July 20, 2010 12:00:00

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