Kevin Rudd and Justine Elliot in Tweed Heads late last year.
Kevin Rudd and Justine Elliot in Tweed Heads late last year. TWE071011rudd

Party united after bloodletting

FEDERAL Richmond MP Justine Elliot has declared that the Australian Labor Party is "united with Julia Gillard as Prime Minister" following today's leadership ballot in Canberra.

Elliot was one of only 31 MPs out of 102 in the Labor Caucus who backed former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to return to the Labor leadership.

And despite backing a loser she stuck firm with her choice, leaving the party room after the ballot walking side-by-side with Mr Rudd.

"My priority is to continue delivering for the people of the North Coast," Ms Elliot said in a statement, mirroring the statements and public pronouncements of many Labor MPs from both sides of the leadership contest.

"My priority is also to continue working with all my Labor colleagues to defeat Tony Abbott at the next election."

Both Ms Gillard and Mr Rudd have held press conferences in which they said their expectation was for a united Labor Party to work for victory in the 2013 Federal election.



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