Most Hunter Labor MPs clear on preferred leader

THREE Labor MPs in the Hunter appear likely to vote for Julia Gillard in Monday’s leadership showdown, but it remains unclear how one will vote.

Charlton MP and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said yesterday his position had not changed and he was still a strong supporter of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

‘‘The Prime Minister receives insufficient credit for what she has been able to achieve and what the government has been able to achieve,’’ he said.

‘‘On the issue of what’s going on, I’m as frustrated and fed up as anyone else in the Labor Party about it and throughout the community.

‘‘It is time this matter is resolved. It is a distraction to the work of government.’’

Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon said he would be voting for Julia Gillard.

‘‘I think she’s done a very good job in very difficult circumstances,’’ he said.

‘‘She deserves the opportunity to see through her positive and progressive agenda.’’

Mr Fitzgibbon said he found it frustrating to see events being played out in the media.

‘‘The sooner we get back to talking about things that really matter to people the better.’’

Newcastle MP Sharon Grierson said she supported Ms Gillard and continued to be focused on getting on with the job.

Shortland MP Jill Hall, who has been counted in previous media reports as supporting Mr Rudd, again did not respond yesterday to a request for comment.

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