Scrutiny not for me: Yates
THE Darling Range byelection has taken a dramatic turn after Labor candidate Colleen Yates stepped down just four days after she was pre-selected.
Ms Yates pulled out of the June 23 by-election amidst scrutiny of her now-deleted LinkedIn profile, which stated she had attained an MBA from UWA.
However, after she was announced as Labor’s candidate last Monday, it emerged she had not completed the course.
Ms Yates released a statement which said the scrutiny had been “extremely difficult” on her and her family.
“If I’ve learnt anything over the last few days, it is that the intense scrutiny that comes with politics just isn’t for me,” she said.
“How I portrayed myself on my LinkedIn account is, in my opinion, similar to how thousands of people would input their data on the online service.”
At Comment News’ deadline, Labor was yet to announce another candidate.
Ms Yates’ sudden departure is a boost to the Liberals’ chances of winning back the seat they held for 24 years until disgraced former Labor MP Barry Urban was voted in at last year’s State Election.
Former East Metropolitan MLC Alyssa Hayden will represent the Liberals after she edged out Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale councillor Rob Coales in a close pre-selection vote.
Disability advocate and support worker Anthony Pyle will run for the Greens.
Mr Pyle contested the seat of Armadale at last year’s State Election, but lost to Labor MLA Tony Buti.
Nominations for the byelection close June 1.
Colleen Yates, pictured with Premier Mark McGowan, has pulled out of the Darling Range by-election amidst scrutiny of her LinkedIn profile.