Page MP Janelle Saffin has resigned from her short lived role as whip after supporting Kevin Rudd in yesterday’s unsuccessful leadership vote.
Despite her urging, and that of 20-odd colleagues, in his office shortly before the leadership spill, Mr Rudd declined to nominate for the ballot, seeing PM Julia Gillard and deputy Wayne Swan re-elected unopposed.
Ms Saffin, who has made no secret that she is a supporter of Mr Rudd, was generous in her description of his decision, saying he had given his word not to stand against his leader and did not want to split the party.
‘He just stuck to his word. He’s a person of honour that way,’ she told APN Media yesterday.
She added that she was disappointed he had chosen not to stand.
Together with fellow whip Ed Husic and chief whip Joel Fitzgibbon, Ms Saffin will return to the backbench, from where she says she will focus on the needs of her electorate.