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Shock twist in MP child sex case

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The West Australian Nationals MP accused of child sex offences has quit the party but his former leader wants him out of parliament altogether.

James Dorrin Hayward, the Nationals upper house member for the South West, has been charged with indecently assaulting an eight-year-old girl.

Police allege the offences occurred this year.

On Friday, the Nationals WA said he had handed in formal notice of resignation of party membership.


“The party had suspended his membership yesterday, effective immediately, after an emergency meeting of the state executive,” it said.

Nationals WA leader Mia Davies said in a separate statement Mr Hayward needed to go further as it was “untenable for him to retain his seat”.

Camera IconMia Davies says James Hayward should get out of Parliament House altogether. Colin Murty/The Australian Credit: News Corp Australia

“Mr Hayward is facing serious charges, he has resigned his membership of our party and he should now resign from the parliament,” she said.

“Our party took swift and immediate action in the hours after the matter was revealed, by suspending Mr Hayward, removing his membership rights and setting in motion procedures under The Nationals WA’s Constitution to consider his future.

“His resignation means we no longer need to pursue this action.

“Our parliamentary team have met and agree unanimously that Mr Hayward should resign from the parliament.”

The 52-year faces three counts of indecent dealings with a child under 13 and single counts of procuring a child under 13 to do an indecent act and persistent sexual conduct.

The former TV producer faced court on Thursday, was not required to enter a plea and will next front court on December 13.

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