Elliot silent on Labor leadership



THE race is on for the Labor Party's top spot after yesterday's resignation by leader Mark Latham, but local Labor MP Justine Elliot isn't saying who she is backing.

When contacted by The Northern Star yesterday, Ms Elliot was prepared only to release a short statement reading: "My thoughts are with Mark and his family at this time, and I'd like to thank him for his contribution to the party. This is an opportunity for the party to move forward and unite under a new leader."

When asked if Ms Elliot would support a leadership bid by former leader Kim Beazley, a spokeswoman for Ms Elliot said no comments would be made other than those in the statement.

Mr Latham's resignation follows weeks of speculation about his leadership.

At a short press conference in Sydney Mr Latham described his battle with pancreatitis as incompatible with the demands of the leadership.

"My family's conclusion is that I should look after my health and pursue a normal life outside politics," he said.

"I've decided to resign both as Labor leader and member for Werriwa."



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