Rudd Pledges Loyalty After Ballot Defeat

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Kevin Rudd has promised to dedicate himself to “working fully” for Julia Gillard’s re-election, after her thumping victory in today’s Labor leadership ballot.
After days of unprecedented blood-letting in Labor ranks, Prime Minister Julia Gillard won the vote 71 to 31.
Mr Rudd, the former prime minister who is now also a former foreign minister, will move to the backbench and has promised not to resign – saving the ALP from a risky by-election.
“I will continue as the federal member for Griffith into the future and beyond the next election,” he told reporters after losing this morning’s ballot.
“These are difficult times for the Australian Labor Party and the Australian labour movement. We’ve written the history of this nation, the other mob have just reacted to it.”
Mr Rudd congratulated Julia Gillard for her “strong win”.
“The Caucus has spoken,” he said.
“I accept fully the verdict of the Caucus and I dedicate myself to working fully for her re-election as the Prime Minister of Australia – and I will do so with my absolute ability dedicated to the task.”
After facing a barrage of attacks over the past few days from Labor colleagues, Mr Rudd said it was time the party’s “wounds were healed”.

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