Landry leads call for Abbott to 'move on'

Michelle Landry and prime minister Tony Abbott toured the Clews dairy farm Slatewood in Rossmoya, to discuss the Agricultural White Paper
Photo Rachael Conaghan/The Morning Bulletin
Michelle Landry and then Prime Minister Tony Abbott when he toured the Clews dairy farm Slatewood in Rossmoya, to discuss the Agricultural White Paper in 2015. Rachael Conaghan

A PUSH is on within the Coalition to urge Tony Abbott to leave Parliament and take a plum job as High Commissioner to the UK as speculation mounts of a Cabinet reshuffle in September.

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry, who last year described the Turnbull Government's performance as "wishy-washy", has become the first Coalition MP to publicly urge Mr Abbott to take the highly coveted position in London, The Courier-Mail is reporting.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry discuss a potential levee for Rockhampton earlier this year. Contributed

The Courier-Mail says past supporters of Mr Abbott - especially those in marginal seats across the country - are encouraging the former prime minister to end his constant critiquing and put the Government first.

 

Local LNP candidate Michelle Landry and Opposition leader Tony Abbott in Rockhampton for an announcement on upgrading the Bruce Highway.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
In 2013, Michelle Landry was the LNP candidate and Tony Abbott the Opposition leader when he came to Rockhampton for an announcement on upgrading the Bruce Hwy. Chris Ison ROK180713cbruce2

Ms Landry and others said they had heard Mr Abbott could replace Alexander Downer for the $300,000-a-year job in London.

"It's probably time for (Mr Abbott) to move on," Ms Landry said.

"There's life after politics. He's got a lot of knowledge. He has a lot to offer."