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Adelaide Hills MP to quit politics

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Adelaide Hills Liberal MP Dan Cregan will quit politics at next year’s state election.

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The Kavel MP, who previously worked as a lawyer, says he is considering offers to return to the legal profession after just one term in parliament.

The Adelaide Hills seat, which includes towns including Mt Barker and Hahndorf, is a safe Liberal electorate.

“I put an enormous amount into my community to assist us recovering from the Cudlee Creek bushfire,” Cregan told ABC Radio Adelaide this morning.

“That means that I’ve burnt up all the fuel that might have been available for two terms in one term.

“It’s important for MPs to be managing their energy and making sure that they’re giving all of themselves to what is a challenging role at times.”

When asked about whether he was opposed to a conservative recruitment drive in the Liberal Party from Pentecostal churches, Cregan said: “It’s no secret that I’ve expressed my view that broad-based membership is absolutely essential to the health of any political party.”

“I raised some concerns about the importance of maintaining broad-based membership in a natural party of government which we are,” he said.

“It is absolutely vital that we continue to do that.”

Premier Steven Marshall said he was disappointed in Cregan’s decision but thanked him for his service.

“I wish Dan well with his future endeavours and thank him again for his contribution to the Government, the Liberal Party and, of course, to the people of Kavel,” the Premier said.

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