Kerryn Phelps to contest the Wentworth by-election

Kerryn Phelps will be an independent candidate in the Wentworth by-election.

High profile physician Kerryn Phelps will stand as an independent in the by-election for the seat vacated by former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"It's for an authentic representation of my community and the country, it's the only reason I'm doing this, and to be a modifying influence on the far-right agenda," he told the Sunday Telegraph.

The former Australian ambassador to Israel, David Sharma, has been shortlisted by the Liberal Party to participate in the Wentworth by-elections, even though the new prime minister, Scott Morrison, said he wanted a candidate.

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