Scru­tiny not for me: Yates

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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.

Pic­ture: Ben Smith

Colleen Yates, pic­tured with Pre­mier Mark McGowan, has pulled out of the Dar­ling Range by-elec­tion amidst scru­tiny of her LinkedIn pro­file.

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