Larry out of running

FORMER Federal MP Larry Anthony says he won't be enticed back as a candidate for the Tweed-based seat of Richmond despite pressure from his National Party colleagues.

National Party nominations for candidates hoping to stand for the seat of Tweed close this Saturday, followed next Friday by nominations for the electorate of Lismore.

Mr Anthony, the Howard government's former Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, yesterday ruled out standing again in the seat, but left open the possibility of standing for a different electorate some time in the future.

However, he warned colleagues that winning the state seat of Tweed must be seen as the first step to regaining a hold on the federal electorate.

Mr Anthony is due to ad- dress colleagues at the annual general meeting of the party's Richmond Electorate Council the group charged with winning back the seat - next month.

He was defeated in the 2004 federal election by Labor's Justine Elliot.

Tweed Nationals chairman Murray Lees, a former press secretary to Mr Anthony when he was MP, said he would "love to see Larry stand again".

Mr Anthony said that would not happen.

"I had a great couple of years and we have been able to do some good things, but the torch needs to be carried by someone else," he said.

Mr Anthony now holds an executive position with a nationwide childcare group but would not rule out re-entering politics in another seat some time in the future.

In other news, former Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase, who announced his intention to seek nomination last year, remains a frontrunner for the Tweed seat.

But others are expected to nominate at a joint meeting of the Tweed Heads, Kingscliff and Tweed Heights branches on Saturday morning.

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