The contest to replace Malcolm Turnbull in Parliament is heating up as Liberal campaigner Andrew Bragg quits his business job to run for the seat, intensifying the competition to win the endorsement of local party members. Mr Bragg led the peak Liberal campaign for a Yes vote on same-sex marriage last year in the face of strong objections to the change from conservatives including former prime minister Tony Abbott. The “Liberals and Nationals for Yes” campaign gained support from former NSW premier Nick Greiner, former cabinet minister Amanda Vanstone and current cabinet ministers Kelly O’Dwyer and Simon Birmingham. Mr Bragg was the director of the campaign after serving as the acting federal director of the Liberal Party early last year, before the party named Andrew Hirst to the permanent position.
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