Wentworth by-election date announced

The by-election for Malcolm Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth will be held on October 20.

The former prime minister held the seat in Sydney’s eastern suburbs by 17 percent.

The Liberals will chose their candidate tomorrow night for what will be Scott Morrison’s first electoral test as prime minister.

The Wentworth boundary map.

The Wentworth boundary map.

Given the claims of bullying and complaints from Liberal ranks about the lack of women in parliament, there’s speculation the party will pick a female candidate.

While Mr Turnbull’s margin was large, the Liberals are expected to suffer a backlash over the toppling of their local member.

Former AMA president, Kerryn Phelps, who has a medical practice in the electorate, is expected to poll strongly if she decides to run.

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