Bligh rules out comeback
Anna Bligh during her Queensland election concession speech. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Former Queensland premier Anna Bligh has rubbished a newspaper report that said she is considering a political comeback in Sydney.
Ms Bligh told brisbanetimes.com.au that "there is no truth to the rumour", which has also been dismissed as "laughable and unfounded'' by a senior NSW Labor figure.
Sydney-based newspaper City News reports state Labor officials are in talks with Ms Bligh to run in the by-election in the seat of Sydney once it is vacated by lord mayor Clover Moore.
Ms Moore currently holds both positions, but will have to give up the state role if she wins the local government election at the weekend.
Ms Bligh recently moved to Sydney with her husband, Greg Withers, who took up a post with Arts NSW.
“I could not have pursued my political career or achieved anything in public life without Greg's loving support over almost three decades,” she said ahead of the move.
“We agreed many years ago that after politics, it would be Greg's turn to determine the next phase of our lives.”
City News reports senior party figures are determined to run "political star" Ms Bligh to help secure the seat for Labor.
But Australian Labor Party NSW Branch general secretary Sam Dastyari has taken to social media to reject the report, tweeting "claims Anna Bligh may be the Labor candidate for Sydney are unfounded and laughable''.
The comments were also echoed by Ms Bligh.
Ms Bligh retired from politics in Queensland after Labor lost government in March and was left with only seven seats in the state's 89-seat parliament.
- with AAP