Dual citizenship saga claims another scalp with Liberal MP John Alexander quitting parliament

Former professional tennis player-turned-politician John Alexander has become the latest victim of the dual citizenship debacle.

The Liberal member for Bennelong has announced his resignation from Parliament.

The 66-year-old confirmed on Saturday that he holds British citizenship, through his father Gilbert Alexander, who was born in England in 1907 and arrived in Australia in 1911.


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It means another by-election will need to be held in NSW. Mr Alexander said he would stand again for parliament, after renouncing his UK citizenship.

He follows Barnaby Joyce as the second member of the House of Representatives forced to resign because of their dual citizenship.

Mr Joyce is currently campaigning in the seat of New England, with a by-election being held on December 2.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au. “In 2014 I took a step back from full-time duties to become a stay at home mum and now cover the weekend news and whatever else may be needed from time to time. I keep my ‘presenting voice’ active during the week when reading children’s books and attempting to do various accents (to little success).”

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