Wentworth businessman Andrew Bragg has withdrawn from the Liberal preselection for Wentworth as he’d prefer a woman take the job.
Local businessman Andrew Bragg said allegations of bullying by outgoing MP Julie Banks and comments by former foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop about the lack of women within the party were behind his decision.
"I believe these recent events and comments have changed the mood and accordingly I will withdraw my nomination," Mr Bragg said in a Facebook post on Monday.
Woollahra councillor Mary-Lou Jarvis, who's president of the NSW Liberal Women's Council, was previously considered one of the biggest threats to Mr Bragg's preselection chances.
It’s now believed senior Liberals in Canberra now want Sydney East Business Chamber chair Katherine O'Regan to be the party's candidate.
Mr Bragg - who'd received the blessing of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to try and take over his seat in Sydney's eastern suburbs - said he was "genuinely shocked" by Ms Banks' allegations.
"Julia Banks' exit from public life is a loss for all of us," he said on Monday.
"Julia is exactly the type of professional woman the Liberal Party must be able to attract and keep in parliament."