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.


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.