Jeremy Hanson has lost the deputy leadership of the Canberra Liberals following a party room spill motion this morning (4 December). Leanne Castley is his replacement.
Canberra Liberals leader Elizabeth Lee said the decision wasn’t taken lightly.
“Going into an election year, it is more important than ever to have a leadership team that is in lockstep, and I know Leanne will support me 100 per cent and the direction we are taking to win government in 2024,” Ms Lee said.
“I thank outgoing Deputy Leader Jeremy Hanson for his work over the last couple of years in the position and look forward to working closely with Leanne as the Canberra Liberals put forward a fresh alternate vision for Canberra in the lead-up to the election next October.”
It comes a fortnight after conservative Canberra Liberals president John Cziesla lost a vote against an empty chair. However, he’s set to stay on for now, launching an appeal over the decision.
Ms Lee said installing Ms Castley into the deputy leadership would ensure a strong leadership team ahead of the 2024 election.
“Leanne has been an incredibly hard-working and dedicated MLA during her time in the Legislative Assembly, not only as a local member but as a Shadow Minister for Health and Business,” she said.
“Leanne brings a unique set of skills and experience to the Deputy Leader role and I have no doubt she will be a terrific asset for me and the entire Canberra Liberals team.”
Ms Castley welcomed her new role, stating it was an honour to be elected.
“I look forward to taking on this new challenge and supporting Elizabeth as we head towards the 2024 election,” she said.
“I will hit the ground running and I am excited to work with the entire team in this new role.”
Ms Lee indicated there will be a reshuffle of Shadow Ministries, which will be announced in the coming days.
Mr Hanson issued a brief statement in the wake of the leadership spill.
“I am disappointed to have been removed as deputy leader of the Canberra Liberals today,” he wrote.
“I will continue to work hard for our community as a loyal and passionate member of the Canberra Liberals team.”