'Unbelievable conflict': Julie Bishop says she was victim of Liberal factional feud

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Former foreign minister surprised no West Australian federal MPs voted for her in leadership spill

The former foreign minister Julie Bishop has revealed her surprise that no West Australian federal MPs voted for her in last week’s Liberal leadership ballot and says she was caught up in an “unbelievable conflict” within the Liberal party.

Speaking about her decision to quit as foreign minister, Bishop did not deny being told she was not wanted in Scott Morrison’s new cabinet, Post Newspapers in Perth reported. “I just felt it was best I not be part of that cabinet,” she said.

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