MEMBER for Flynn Chris Trevor has moved to end speculation over his political future by announcing he will contest the seat at the next election.
Mr Trevor, a close ally of former prime minister Kevin Rudd, was believed to be considering standing down over the events that saw Julia Gillard take the top job.
But in an emotional statement yesterday, he said after lengthy talks with Ms Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan he had decided to contest the next election.
Mr Trevor also hit out at Labor Party sources for leaking the details of a private conversation during which he mentioned he might step down from Parliament.
“But it would be wrong of me to deny that I haven’t seriously considered over the past few weeks quitting politics and public life for good,” he said.
“Every man or woman has their tipping point. Kevin Rudd’s demise was mine.”
Mr Trevor said he thought the way various party factional bosses treated Mr Rudd was “absolutely disgraceful”.
“I also think it’s pretty disgraceful the way they have tried to destroy his character and his achievements since they got rid of him,” he said.
“I ask that the attacks on Kevin Rudd stop now.”
Mr Trevor also pledged his loyalty to Ms Gillard.
The Labor Party is facing a tough fight to hold on to Flynn, which Mr Trevor won in 2007.
Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au released its market on 41 marginal seats this week, and has Coalition candidate Ken O’Dowd at $1.55 to win the seat and Mr Trevor at $2.