Liberal MP Andrew Cornwell quits
Disgraced Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell quits the Liberal Party and takes stress leave after admitting he took a $10,000 bribe from a property developer.PT0M55S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3ddx3 620 349 August 8, 2014
Disgraced Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell has announced he has quit the Liberal party and will not recontest his seat at next year's state election.
Mr Cornwell made the announcement on Friday, one day after he admitted at the Independent Commission Against Corruption taking a $10,000 bribe from a prominent businessman Hilton Grugeon.
"Following my appearance at the ICAC yesterday I have thought carefully about what is in the best interests of the people of Charlestown," he said.
Bribe admission: Andrew Cornwell and his wife Samantha Brookes arrive at the corruption inquiry. Photo: Daniel Munoz/Getty Images
"I have decided that I will not contest the next State election. I have already stood aside from the Parliamentary Liberal Party. Today I tendered my resignation from the Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division)."
"I have sought Parliamentary leave from the Speaker because these matters have significantly impacted my family and, while I take full responsibility for my own actions, I need to care for my family during this time," he said.
"It has been a privilege to represent the people of Charlestown in the Parliament of NSW."