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Frances Bedford speaking in Parliament yesterday watched on by Labor MP Steph Key. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

Bedford bombshell "won't make much difference", Jay insists

A prospective factional deal to hand the federal seat of Makin to Labor’s industrial Left might have been “blown up” by maverick backbencher Frances Bedford’s decision to quit the party, but Premier Jay Weatherill insists her departure "won’t make much difference" to his Government.