Cordelia Troy quits Liberals over National 'novelty' candidate Angry Anderson

CESSNOCK councillor Cordelia Troy has resigned from the Liberal Party in disgust at the National Party announcing Angry Anderson as its candidate for the Coalfields state seat.

"I know the Liberals haven't done that, but the Nationals are part of the Coalition," Cr Troy said.

Cr Troy said Mr Anderson had been parachuted into the candidacy above a local bloke.

She said Mr Anderson was a "novelty" candidate, not from the area.

"We need local people representing our local communities," she said.

"In this instance it's just a game and I can't stomach that."

Cartoon by Peter Lewis

Cartoon by Peter Lewis

A Nationals NSW spokesman defended the candidate decision.

"Angry's been on the road with the band and his charity for basically his entire life," he said.

"He knows the Lower Hunter really well and I don't think anyone would argue he doesn't understand what families in the area are facing."

Cessnock councillor Cordelia Troy has quit the Liberals over Angry Anderson's candidacy.

Cessnock councillor Cordelia Troy has quit the Liberals over Angry Anderson's candidacy.

Cr Troy said the decision to install Mr Anderson was "the straw that breaks the camel's back".

She had been appalled and embarrassed at events at ICAC - which had forced the resignation of Liberal MPs at Newcastle and Charlestown and the sidelining of Swansea MP Garry Edwards. Neither had she been pleased with the Liberal Party's actions at a federal level.

Cr Troy has been a party member for six years and is serving her second term as a councillor at Cessnock.

"I'll continue to represent the community in the same way," she said. She would become an independent.

Cr Troy becomes the second Cessnock councillor to resign from the Liberals this term, following Suellen Wrightson - who left to join Clive Palmer's NSW Senate ticket at last year's federal election.

Cr Troy said she would maintain a "good working relationship" with Cessnock's remaining Liberal councillors Bryce Gibson and Rod Doherty.

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