Tasmanian Labor candidate Ben McGregor quits a complaint about seven-year-old text messages

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Labor candidate quits over complaint over seven-year-old text messages and accuses members of his own party of sabotaging his campaign

  • Tasmanian Labor candidate Ben McGregor dropped out due to a text message complaint
  • He attacked Labor leader Rebecca White after withdrawing from the election
  • He accused party members of arming outrage over the treatment of women

Tasmanian Labor election Ben McGregor resigned over complaint over text messages sent seven years ago

Tasmanian Labor election Ben McGregor resigned over complaint over text messages sent seven years ago

A Tasmanian Labor election candidate has been dropped over a complaint over text messages sent seven years ago and accused party members of armed outrage over the treatment of women.

Ben McGregor attacked the credentials of Labor state leader Rebecca White on Wednesday as he announced his withdrawal from the race for Clark’s seat in Hobart.

“In recent days, reactionary elements within the Tasmanian branch of the ALP have launched extraordinary attacks on progressive people in the party in an effort to advance their personal political agenda,” he told reporters.

One person has complained to the Labor Party about two text messages I sent seven years ago.

While there is no sexual misconduct or harassment involved, its purpose is startlingly clear.

“The complaint is intended to distort and arm the current justified public outrage at the treatment of women in this country for selfish, tawdry and political ends.”

Mr. McGregor did not reveal what the text messages said, but said they were part of a wider conversation and chit-chat between a group of friends.

“At that point, during the conversation, the person noticed to myself that she was uncomfortable with a word I was using,” he said.

At that point, I apologized via text message and noted that I would stop using that word with her.

Ben McGregor attacked the credentials of Labor state leader Rebecca White on Wednesday as he announced his withdrawal from the race for Clark's seat in Hobart.

Ben McGregor attacked the credentials of Labor state leader Rebecca White on Wednesday as he announced his withdrawal from the race for Clark's seat in Hobart.

Ben McGregor attacked the credentials of Labor state leader Rebecca White on Wednesday as he announced his withdrawal from the race for Clark’s seat in Hobart.

‘I then personally apologized for the next opportunity I got, and again later. This person has not complained about the text message in the past six years. ‘

It is the latest hurdle in Labor’s campaign to overthrow the Liberal government in the May 1 poll after a bitter internal preselection came to a head on Tuesday.

Labor’s national executive was forced to step in at the request of Ms. White and endorse popular mayor Dean Winter as a candidate after he was rejected in pre-selection.

Mr. McGregor, the party’s state president, said proper internal complaints procedures had not been followed.

‘No research has been done. Witnesses have not been interviewed. I haven’t been given the basic courtesy to share my side of the story, ”he said.

Mr. McGregor did not reveal what the text messages said but said they were part of a wider conversation and chit-chat between a group of friends

Mr. McGregor did not reveal what the text messages said but said they were part of a wider conversation and chit-chat between a group of friends

Mr. McGregor did not reveal what the text messages said but said they were part of a wider conversation and chit-chat between a group of friends

‘I have been accused internally, this information has subsequently reached the media. This seems, for all intents and purposes, a smear campaign to hurt me and my nomination.

Rebecca has failed to lead this. She’s seen an opportunity to get rid of a faction challenge.

“She has been more focused on getting a current mayor pre-selected than worrying about her party or its members.”

Mr. McGregor said he was contacted about the text messages on March 28 in an “ aggressive and threatening ” Facebook post.

He said Ms. White contacted him Monday afternoon and told him he had to step down or she would publicly fire him.

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