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Pressure builds on Upper Hunter MP to resign

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Deputy Premier John Barilaro, with Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen with other representatives in February this year.

Pressure is building on Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen to resign. 

He was suspended from the National Party last week over allegations he raped a woman in the Blue Mountains in 2019 and released a statement to say he was cooperating with police and he was confident the investigation would find him the innocent party.

He hasn't responded to new allegations from the ABC yesterday about lewd text message between him and the sex worker while he was at parliament house including plans to meet up there.

The Government could use an expulsion vote to oust the MP, otherwise Michael Johnsen will sit as an Independent.

There are reports today the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party are scouting for candidates, and Labor and One Nation would also stand in the Upper Hunter electorate should there be a by-election.

Image credit: Deputy Premier John Barilaro