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Tasmania north west state MP resigns

A Tasmanian state Liberal government MP in the north west seat of Braddon has quit only a year after returning to parliament via a recount.

Joan Rylah, 64, replaced fellow Liberal and one-time Mining Minister Adam Brooks in February 2019 after he stepped down following questions over his business links.

Ms Rylah, who held no portfolios but worked as parliamentary secretary to the premier, tendered her resignation on Monday.

“It is always disappointing to farewell a member of the team, however, this also provides an opportunity for renewal and the next generation Liberal voice for the north west,” Premier Peter Gutwein said in a statement.

Her vacancy will trigger a recount which is likely to be won by Liberal candidate Felix Ellis who is working as a media advisor for federal Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck.

Ms Rylah said after lengthy consideration she felt the time was right to step down.

She was first elected to the lower house when the Liberals swept to power in 2014 and lost her seat at the 2018 election before returning.

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