BREAKING: Barnaby Joyce will quit as Nationals leader after announcing his decision at a press conference this morning.
Mr Joyce held a media conference in the NSW town of Armidale at 11am WA time to announce his decision.
He will step down from the leadership at a party room meeting on Monday and sit on the backbench. He committed to remaining as New England’s MP.
“It’s incredibly important that there be a circuit-breaker, not just for the parliament, but more importantly, a circuit-breaker for Vikki, for my unborn child, my daughters and for Nat,” he said.
“This has got to stop. It’s not fair on them.”
He confirmed the allegations published this morning were the “straw that breaks the camel’s back in him making the decision to stand down.
Mr Joyce had been under immense pressure to stand down since an affair with former staffer and now partner Vikki Campion was revealed.
The announcement came after it was revealed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refused to back Mr Joyce to remain as Deputy Prime Minister.
It has also emerged that Mr Joyce is now facing a formal sexual harassment complaint filed by a WA woman.