Thompson under fire in Dobell

Thompson under fire in Dobell


EMBATTLED federal MP Craig Thomson is facing a push from within his electorate to quit politics and force a by-election in his seat of Dobell.

Two independent Wyong Shire councillors moved a motion against Mr Thomson yesterday calling on him to resign from federal parliament.

The motion was ruled out of order, but the councillors are pushing ahead with a petition calling on Mr Thomson to go, ABC Television reported.

Mr Thomson described the move as a “political stunt”.

“They are better to concentrate on fighting for things for their constituents than focusing on myself,” he told ABC Television.

Mr Thomson is accused of misusing almost $500,000 in union funds on electioneering, escorts, lavish meals and cash withdrawals when he headed up the Health Services Union.

He has agreed to make a statement to federal parliament in the next sitting week on the allegations against him, which he strenuously denies.

Mr Thomson concedes the scandal may adversely impact his political career.

“Clearly if there was an election called today then (it’s) a very difficult situation, but there’s a long time till the next election,” he said.

“(And) quite frankly the people of the electorate are focusing on what I am doing for the electorate.”

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