A power struggle is developing between the common sense conservative and Left factions of the South Australian Liberal Party over who will get preselected to stand for Christopher Pyne's seat of Sturt. This has come as no surprise to Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi who says it's a "factional stitch-up".
The Australian reports, Adelaide lawyer Joanna Andrew, the niece of Howard government speaker Neil Andrew, has put her hand up after James Stevens announced his intention to replace his former boss.
Most concede that victory is all but assured for Mr Stevens given his close relationship with Mr Pyne (pictured), whose Left faction dominates the electoral college of about 500 people in Sturt.
Senator Bernardi has told Peta Credlin on Sky News the Left of the Liberal Party don't deem women to be worthy of a seat in parliament.
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