Turnbull says he will quit as PM if enough members call for a spill

Malcolm Turnbull has lost the support of key cabinet ministers Mathias Cormann, Mitch Fifield and Michaelia Cash – but is refusing to quit as Prime Minister or hold a party room vote to decide his leadership. ‘It’s with great sadness and a heavy heart that we went to see the prime minister yesterday afternoon to advise him that in our judgment he no longer enjoyed the support of the majority of members in the Liberal Party party room,” Senator Mathias Cormann said in Canberra on Thursday. ‘And that it was in the best interests of the Liberal Party to help manage an orderly transition to a new leader.” Senator Cormann said the Prime Minister had declined his resignation from the ministry on Wednesday. At a further meeting with the prime minister on Thursday morning, Senator Cormann said he and ministers Fifield and Cash had tendered their resignations. ‘We are very conscious of the seriousness of the decision that we’ve made.’ Peter Dutton is demanding a new spill after losing a challenge 48 votes to 35 on Tuesday but is now ready challenge again. However, the prime minister is refusing to step aside – causing chaos within the Federal Government.

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