MP’s mar­riage break­down re­vealed as elec­tion looms

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Mar­ian Faa

MEM­BER for Mara­noa David Lit­tleproud has con­firmed he has sep­a­rated from his wife of 20 years, as he pre­pares to re­con­test his seat in the fed­eral elec­tion this year.

Mr Lit­tleproud con­firmed he and wife Sarah, who have three young boys to­gether, had been es­tranged for “some months”.

“It is an am­i­ca­ble split,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“My wife Sarah and I have been sep­a­rated for some time but it is not from a third party.”

Ms Lit­tleproud’s name has since been re­moved from the bi­og­ra­phy on her hus­band’s par­lia­men­tary web­site but men­tion of their sons Tom, Hugh and Harry re­mains.

It is un­der­stood the chil­dren cur­rently at­tend school in War­wick, where the fam­ily has lived for the past 17 years.

In a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view with the War­wick Daily News, Mr Lit­tleproud de­scribed him­self as a fam­ily man with “con­ser­va­tive val­ues”.

The Daily News con­tacted Ms Lit­tleproud, who de­clined to com­ment say­ing it was a sen­si­tive is­sue for her chil­dren.

”I am a pri­vate per­son and I don’t want to be in­volved,” Ms Lit­tleproud said.

The cou­ple were mar­ried in 1999.

Ms Lit­tleproud runs two busi­nesses in War­wick.

The per­sonal rev­e­la­tions have sur­faced in the midst of ro­bust so­cial me­dia ex­changes.

They fol­low a pe­riod of un­cer­tainty about whether Mr Lit­tleproud would be re-en­dorsed to rep­re­sent the Na­tional Party of Aus­tralia in the up­com­ing fed­eral elec­tion.

The Agri­cul­tural Min­is­ter’s name was left off a list of mem­bers to re­con­test their seats at a LNP state coun­cil meet­ing in Novem­ber, but Mr Lit­tleproud has since been re-en­dorsed as the can­di­date for Mara­noa.

He said it would be an hon­our to rep­re­sent his elec­torate for an­other term.

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