'I have the party's support', vows Benambra ALP candidate

Benambra ALP candidate Jennifer Podesta.

Benambra ALP candidate Jennifer Podesta.

A FORMER Victorian Labor candidate has used Twitter to vent his frustration at the party hierarchy he says has ignored him.

Joe Brown, former candidate for the safe Liberal seat of Polwarth, has quit the ALP.

“My decision to now resign as a member of the ALP is based solely on how I have been treated/ignored by the head office,” Mr Brown tweeted.

Labor candidate for Benambra Jennifer Podesta, who is contesting a safe Liberal Party seat, yesterday said she felt for Mr Brown and said his resignation was disappointing.

“I myself feel I have been supported by the head office and local Labor branch members,” she said.

Ms Podesta admitted very little funding came from head office, with most campaign money coming from local Labor branches.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews would not be drawn on Mr Brown’s resignation and tweets.

“I wish Mr Brown all the best — I think that’s the most appropriate thing for us to do,” Mr Andrews said yesterday when asked if he found it disappointing.

Mr Brown had already stepped down as the Labor candidate for the west Victorian seat.

“I love the Labor Party and what it stands for but until they get real and get rid of the people holding them back. I’m done,” he tweeted.

“Hopefully once the problems are removed and the archaic people hiding in offices are gone, Labor may truly be progressive.

“I intend on still being active and outspoken regardless of whether the ALP like it or me.”

Mr Andrews was asked if he expected to run a strong Labor candidate in Polwarth.

“We expect to run good, strong, solid candidates in every seat to give every single Victorian a choice, whether it’s a seat that history would say we might win or not,” he said.

Polwarth is held by Public Transport and Roads Minister Terry Mulder.

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