Emotional Jacqui Lambie quits senate after dual citizenship confirmed

UPDATE @ 2.30pm: Former Senator Jackie Lambie has left Parliament House in tears after resigning due to holding dual citizenship.

The Former Tasmanian Senator is the latest politician to be embroiled in the scandal, and said she had no choice but to resign.

“There’s no question mark anymore… it’s black and white,” Ms Lambie told the senate.


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Ms Lambie was ruled ineligible due to her father holding a UK citizenship.

In her address to the Senate, she said she’s “not as bloody Australian as they come”.

Currently, she’s ruled out running in the upcoming Tasmanian election but has left the door open for another tilt at Federal politics.

Watch the emotional goodbye below:

EARLIER @ November 14, 8.15am: Tasmanian Independent senator Jacqui Lambie is preparing to resign after receiving confirmation that she is a dual citizen.

Senator Lambie is expected to make a statement to the Senate this morning.

The Independent Senator sought urgent advice from the UK home office last week after learning her father was born in Scotland.

British Authorities today confirmed that Senator Lambie is in fact, a dual citizen by descent.

Senator Lambie is the eighth politician caught up in the dual citizenship saga.

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EARLIER @ November 14, 7.00am: Tasmanian Independent senator Jacqui Lambie is awaiting advice from the UK home office after becoming the latest politician caught up in the dual citizenship saga.

Senator Lambie revealed she may be a UK citizen by descent, with her father born in Scotland. However she is awaiting confirmation from British Authorities.

The Independent Senator stressed that if it comes back that she is a dual-citizen, she will resign immediately.

It’s understood Lambie only learnt about her British ancestry last week.

EARLIER @ November 13, 2.00pm: Tasmanian Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie has become the latest politician caught up in the dual citizenship saga.

Senator Lambie told Fairfax she sought urgent advice last week whether she holds dual citizenship.

The Independent Senator said if she’s found to be a dual citizen, she’ll resign.

Last week, questions started over Senator Lambie’s status after a report revealed her father was born in Scotland.

At the time, she insisted her affairs were in order and she was not concerned.

“I’m happy to put on the record that I’m satisfied that my parents are both Australian citizens and I have no concerns about me being a dual citizen because of where they were born or came from,” she said.

After stints with the ABC and AAP, Mitchell joined 1029 Hot Tomato in 2017. He’ll be out and about bringing you the news that matters on the Coast, with a focus on local sports and the Commonwealth Games.

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