The Courier-Mail

MP rides off into sunset


PRIME Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott has lost one of his best bik­ing bud­dies af­ter South Aus­tralian Lib­eral MP An­drew South­cott an­nounced he was quit­ting pol­i­tics.

Dr South­cott will not con­test his Ade­laide seat of Boothby at the next fed­eral elec­tion in a blow to the Coali­tion’s chances of re­tain­ing the south­ern sub­urbs elec­torate.

The move ap­pears to play into the hands of in­de­pen­dent sen­a­tor Nick Xenophon, who has vowed his party will con­test Boothby. Dr South­cott was the founder of char­ity cy­cling event Pol­lie Pedal.

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