Liza Harvey announces shock decision to step down as WA Opposition Leader ahead of state election

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Liberal MP Liza Harvey says she is resigning her position as Western Australia’s Opposition Leader, less than four months out from the state election.Key points:Liza Harvey has resigned four months out from the WA electionShe says it is an opportunity to reset the WA Liberals’ election campaignZak Kirkup, Dean Nalder and David Honey are touted as potential replacementsHealth spokesman Zak Kirkup and Shadow Treasurer Dean Nalder have both confirmed they will nominate for the leadership, after Ms Harvey made the shock announcement on Sunday by sending a written statement to fellow Liberal MPs.”I am standing aside to give the Liberal Party — with a new leadership team — the opportunity to reset our election strategy and give the public a real choice at the March election,” Ms Harvey said in her statement.Ms Harvey made reference to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it had “been extremely difficult for our message to resonate”.”I’m also standing aside to give our very fine candidates the opportunity to be elected as the new generation of members representing the Liberal Party,” she said. “This decision will give them clean air. They are energetic young men and women who will be strong, hard-working members for …

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