Liberal Party: Motions to suspend defeated

THE Hills councillor Robyn Preston will run for preselection after fronting the Liberal state executive last Friday.

Cr Preston and former Parramatta Eels chief executive Paul Osborne faced suspension after allegations of inappropriate behaviour at an Annangrove/Kenthurst branch meeting in May.

It is believed two motions, one to suspend them for five years and another to suspend them for two years, were defeated by the state executive. So Cr Preston is free to run for council preselection in north ward for the September elections.

Cr Preston would not comment on the meeting because of internal rules prohibiting comment on internal party matters but did say she saw her job as a councillor as "a privilege".

It is understood Hawkesbury MP Ray Williams spoke in support of suspending the pair for their alleged inappropriate behaviour. He told the News: "This is a very serious matter and the party has strict guidelines as to how it expects people in the party to behave. But the Liberal party deals with those matters behind closed doors."

He denied calling for Ms Preston's suspension to make way for his son Ryan, who has nominated for preselection in north ward. "The fact my son is a candidate for the council has absolutely nothing to do with this issue," he said. "Members must act appropriately at all times."

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