27 May 2013

Labor delays polling to protect PM

8:22 am on 27 May 2013

The Australian Labor Party is reportedly holding off polling in some key marginal seats to shield Prime Minister Julia Gillard from questions about her leadership.

The Daily Telegraph reports that senior Labor MPs are accusing party officials of delaying polling in key Victorian seats because they fear how poor the results could be.

The newspaper reports claims that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is behind the strategy.

AAP reports an ALP federal election campaign meeting was told on Friday the next round of internal polling would not be made for at least a month, despite MPs pushing for it to be done as soon as possible.

They reportedly want the polling carried out so it's clear what seats can be saved at the general election on 14 September.