Former federal Labor leader Mark Latham is set to join One Nation in a stunning defection that will see him take a major role with the right-wing party.
The Daily Telegraph reported Mr Latham will make the announcement tomorrow,and is set to become the head of the New South Wales branch of the party rather than running in the upcoming federal election.
‘You’ve only just got to watch this space,’ Mr Latham told 2GB radio today when he was questioned about joining One Nation.
Former Labor leader Mark Latham is set to join One Nation in a stunning defection that will see him shrug off his loyalty to his past party
Mr Latham’s leadership of the state branch would allow Pauline Hanson (pictured) to remain the federal leader of the party
His leadership of the state branch would allow Pauline Hanson to remain the federal leader of the party.
His former peers have not taken the news too well, with former Tasmanian Labor premier David Bartlett calling Mr Latham ‘sick, sad’ and a ‘sorry loser.’
Mr Latham led Labor to political defeat in the 2004 federal election, and quit federal politics the following year.
Since that time he had established himself as a prominent political commentator, advocating traditional values and railing against political correctness and the transformation of cities by mass immigration.
For a time Mr Latham was a columnist for the Australian Financial Review and sat in on Sky News, though was sacked from both positions on the back of making separate, offensive comments.