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Veteran NSW MP Noreen Hay to quit politics

AAP logoAAP 2/08/2016

Controversial NSW MP Noreen Hay is quitting parliament, three months after she was sacked as opposition whip.

"It's been an absolute honour and privilege to represent the people of Wollongong for the last 13 years in the NSW parliament," Ms Hay said in a statement on Tuesday.

"I will make no further comments at this stage until I have delivered my valedictory speech in the parliament on Thursday the fourth of August at 4.30pm.

"I'd ask that the media respect the privacy of my family at this time".

Ms Hay was stood down as Labor Party whip in May following revelations one of her female staffers had been charged with electoral fraud by Australian Federal Police.

The Wollongong MP did not recontest the position but remained defiant that she had nothing to do with the AFP investigation.

It's been reported Labor leader Luke Foley, who threatened to resign if Ms Hay did not step down as whip, has not been told of Ms Hay's decision to quit parliament.

Her resignation means there will be three by-elections in November, including the Orange and Canterbury electorates after state MPs Linda Burney and Andrew Gee made the switch to federal parliament

AAP is seeking comment from NSW Labor.

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