Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt.
Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt. Mike Knott

Labor eyes disgruntled LNP pollie

LABOR is preparing to reach out to dumped LNP assistant minister Keith Pitt if he quits the party to sit on the crossbench.

Mr Pitt is said to still be fuming over his demotion from the frontbench and looking at taking some form of action in retaliation.

One Labor figure said the Opposition was already reaching out to the disgruntled MP.

"He's well regarded. He has good relations with Labor people," he said.

"He's the sort of person we would be able to deal with."

Mr Pitt's actions, which have ranged from threatening to quit to setting up a stand-alone LNP party room, have baffled his colleagues who say they don't know why he has reacted so strongly.

Victorian MP Darren Chester was dropped as a Cabinet minister, responsible for transport and infrastructure, but remained publicly supportive of his party.

They say there is no support for a separate party room and they have urged him to stay within the tent.

While Mr Pitt has spoken to several of his parliamentary colleagues, from both sides of politics, he is yet to announce what his intentions are.

In a recent statement, Mr Pitt stated he intended to continue to serve the people of Hinkler.

"They have supported me and the Liberal National Party in the past two elections and I intend to ensure I continue to deliver for the people of my electorate as I've done for the last four years," he said shortly after his demotion.

Strife in the National Party has taken shine off the Prime Minister's reshuffle on Tuesday, leaving some party members frustrated at Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

One Nationals MP said Mr Joyce needed to address the significant unrest in the party room that had been caused by dumping Mr Chester and Mr Pitt.

The Hinkler MP's colleagues have been urging him to hold off on making any decision to split from the party for a few days or even into the new year.



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