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Jacqui Lambie demoted by Palmer United Party

Jacqui Lambie in Parliament House in Canberra

Jacqui Lambie in Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: AAP Image/Lukas Coch

The leader of the Palmer United Party (PUP), Clive Palmer, says Jacqui Lambie has been removed as deputy leader by the parliamentary party.

Mr Palmer said in a statement that Senator Lambie had also been suspended from attending any parliamentary meetings of the party.

“Jacqui Lambie has failed to attend the last three parliamentary party meetings,” he said.

“As a consequence, the party has removed her from her position as Deputy Leader and Deputy Whip and suspended her rights to attend future party meetings.

Jacqui Lambie and Clive Palmer in happier times. Picture: Getty

“This will be enforced until such time she gives an undertaking to cease personal attacks on party members and to follow major decisions of the party room.

“At no time has Jacqui Lambie ever brought a resolution to the party meeting in relation to Tasmania or veterans.”

The decision follows weeks of speculation about the tensions inside the Palmer United Party after Senator Lambie argued that Mr Palmer didn’t fight enough for a better pay deal for Defence personnel.

She dropped the party name and logo from her website on Tuesday and some say she might quit the party today.

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