The number of new Victorian Labor faces for next year’s election continues to climb after embattled government MP Khalil Eideh said he too would hang up the boots.
Mr Eideh, upper house deputy president and a member for the Western Metropolitan Region, on Friday said he would walk away from politics at the November 2018 state election.
The announcement came after his electoral office was shut and staff were put on leave amid a probe into an alleged scheme to rort parliamentary allowances.
Mr Eideh’s decision takes the number of Labor MPs declining to recontest their seats to eight, while Melton’s Don Nardella – stood down from the parliamentary Labor party following an allowances scandal – also plans to walk away from politics.
Footscray MP Marsha Thomson earlier announced she would bow out next year after signalling her intention “some time ago”, a statement from Premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday night.
Mr Eideh and Ms Thompson will join disgraced former Speaker and Tarneit MP Telmo Languiller, member for Buninyong Geoff Howard, Cranbourne’s Jude Perera, Clarinda MP Hong Lim, Narre Warren South’s Judith Graley and member for Wendouree Sharon Knight in calling it quits.
In a statement, Mr Eideh said he had done nothing wrong after the opposition used parliamentary privilege to name him as being involved in the parliamentary allowances rort.
“I am confident the claims made in media reports will be completely dismissed and that I will be fully exonerated,” Mr Eideh said on Friday.
LABOR MPs NOT RECONTESTING IN 2018:
Khalil Eideh, Marsha Thomson, Geoff Howard, Jude Perera, Telmo Languiller, Judith Graley, Sharon Knight and Hong Lim.