Bernie Finn to lead DLP into the Victorian state election

Key points

  • Finn, a long-time upper house MP, was booted from the Liberal Party last week after a string of controversies.
  • A hardline conservative, he now plans to run as a candidate for the Democratic Labour Party at the state election in November.

Bernie Finn has announced he will lead the Democratic Labour Party into the November state election after being expelled from the Liberal Party for disobedience last week.

The state opposition voted to expel the right-wing MP at a party room meeting last Tuesday after he said abortion should be banned in Victoria, even for rape survivors.

Right-wing Victorian MP Bernie Finn.Credit:Joe Armao

Finn told 3AW on Thursday morning he had been approached by eight different political parties following his departure from the Liberals, and found the DLP was “a far better fit” for him.

He said he would run in the Western Metropolitan Region, the electorate he has represented since 2006.

Finn said the party was aiming to win four seats in the upper house and he believed it could unseat Reason Party MP Fiona Patten in the Northern Metropolitan Region.

“If that were to happen, I think it would be very possible that, if we didn’t have the balance of power by ourselves, we’d be a very important player in controlling the balance of power in the upper house,” he said.

“The DLP [is] standing up as a principled and traditional party that strongly believes in leading from the front and strongly believes in workers, strongly believes in small business, strongly believes in traditional families. And I think that will appeal to a lot of people.”

He said the party would choose its preferences on a case-by-case basis, but conservative Liberals “can be pretty much assured that if we run, they will have our preferences”.

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