Liberal MP Julia Banks to quit parliament, citing 'bullying and intimidation'

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In her resignation letter, the MP for marginal seat of Chisholm in Melbourne says spill was ‘last straw’ and women have suffered in slience ‘too long’

Liberal MP Julia Banks has announced she will not recontest her marginal seat of Chisholm in an incendiary letter blasting the “cultural and gender bias, bullying and intimidation” of women in politics.

In a blow to Scott Morrison’s attempts to heal the wounds of a party divided by the successful conservative push to remove Malcolm Turnbull, Banks revealed she had experienced intimidation and bullying both from within her own party and from the opposition Labor party.

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