Craig Kelly quits Liberal Party, moves to crossbench

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The MP from Sydney’s south told Coalition MPs that he would leave the party but would guarantee supply and confidence to the Morrison government.

The MP has been an outspoken and sometimes troublesome member of the Liberal Party, espousing views that contradict the government’s views on coronavirus treatment, including the vaccine.

Craig Kelly is one of the most outspoken Liberal Party backbenchers.
Craig Kelly is one of the most outspoken Liberal Party backbenchers. (Alex Ellinghausen/The Sydney Morning Herald)

He will make a statement to the House of Representatives soon.

Mr Kelly’s departure from the party leaves the Morrison government with just a one-seat majority.

But Mr Kelly’s guarantee of supply and confidence will keep the Coalition in power even if they lose another member.

Days ago a poll was released showing his electorate did not approve of Mr Kelly’s views on coronavirus and climate change.

Craig Kelly and Tanya Plibersek in a confrontation in Parliament House.
Craig Kelly and Tanya Plibersek in a confrontation in Parliament House. (Dominic Lorrimer)

The uComms poll showed just 24 percent of voters thought his support of unproven coronavirus treatments were responsible.

Thirty-one percent thought his Facebook posts on climate change were responsible.

Mr Kelly has long argued the global climate is getting cooler, not hotter.

Craig Kelly heckles Anthony Albanese in Parliament last year.
Craig Kelly heckles Anthony Albanese in Parliament last year. (Alex Ellinghausen/The Sydney Morning Herald)

Mr Kelly represents the seat of Hughes, which takes in Sydney suburbs like Sutherland, Menai, Sylvania and Heathcote.