Veteran Trenorden dumped by Nationals
Veteran Trenorden dumped by Nationals

Veteran Nationals MP and former leader Max Trenorden has been dumped by the Party after a political career spanning 26 years.

Clearly shocked by the move, Mr Trenorden he was left with little choice but to withdraw from pre-selection for the Agricultural Region in Parliament's Legislative Council after realising he no longer had the support of his Nationals colleagues, including WA Nationals leader Brendon Grylls, who replaced him in 2005.

"I withdrew after two ballots, which were the two winning positions and then I withdrew because every position after that was not a winning position," he said.

"The emotion in the room apparently was that I'm not trustworthy and I'm not representative of the National Party.

"Everyone's allowed to have a point of view, it's disappointing that I've been a National for 30 years and a Member of Parliament for 26 and their opinion of me is that I'm not a worthy member of Parliament.

"It's a bit disappointing seeing as some of my colleagues backed it and they didn't say to me 'Max, it'd be a good idea if you didn't run' and they didn't do that."

Mr Trenorden said he would now retire from politics at the next State election but said it would not affect him for serving his constituents as a Nationals member,

"I'm not going to spit the dummy. I've had 26 years in Parliament and I'd be a bit ungrateful if I didn't keep that in mind, wouldn't I? I'm 63, I'll do another year, I'll be 64 and I can't complain about that," he said.

"Everyone's career comes to an end and the only sadness is that the Party has got a very low opinion of me."

The shock move came as the Nationals endorsed 14 Legislative Council candidates this weekend to contest the March 2013 State election with Gingin resident and Federal Nationals MP Tony Crook's former chief of staff Martin Alridge and current Upper House MP Phil Gardiner leading the ticket for the Agricultural region.

In a statement released by the Nationals yesterday, State President Colin Holt said Mr Trenorden had served the Party and WA with "vigour" and commitments.

"He is a passionate advocate for regional WA and we thank him for his extensive and valuable service to the Party and region," Mr Holt said.

The West Australian

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