Mirabella declares preselection candidacy for old seat

Former shadow industry minister Sophie Mirabella has announced that she will seek Liberal preselection for her former seat of Indi.

Mirabella, who held Indi for 12 years before losing it in the 2013 election. put herself forward as her party’s candidate.

"Having spoken to Liberal Party members and other locals, I confirm I will be nominating for the Liberal preselection in Indi," Fairfax reports her as saying.

"Under party rules, I will not be making any further public comment until this process has concluded."

Preselection would be decided on June 28 if one more other candidates stepped forward. The deadline for nominations is May 22.

Mirabella was the only Liberal to have lost a seat at the last federal election, The Herald Sun notes. She was unseated by independent candidate Cathy McGowan.

"I welcome all candidates and I'm looking forward to an election where there's a diversity of people and positions," McGowan told the ABC.

If Mirabella had held her seat, she would have been the inaugural industry minister in the Abbott government.

According to one anonymous party figure cited by The Herald Sun, she would be unlikely to regain Indi.

“She can't win that seat with such a huge swing against her last time,” the source said.

The former member for Indi was appointed to the board of the Australian Submarine Corporation shortly after she lost her position.

 

Image: AAP/Julian Smith