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One Nation drops Stuart Bonds, candidate for Upper Hunter by-election expected to be announced this week

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NSW One Nation Leader Mark Latham with Stuart Bonds in Singleton in December 2019

One Nation has dropped Stuart Bonds as their candidate in the Federal seat of Hunter.

It comes after a falling out between Stuart Bonds and the Party over support for controversial industrial relations reforms that went through Federal Parliament last week.

Stuart has only expressed interest in representing the Hunter at a national level but has told Radio Hunter Valley he is yet to decide whether or not he will run in the upcoming by-election for the Upper Hunter, perhaps run as an Independent.

One Nation are inviting nominations for those interested in being the party's candidate for the Hunter electorate.

Last week Mark Latham, the party's leader in NSW reportedly said he was considering running himself for One Nation in the state seat. 

To the other parties, the Labor Party is expected to name its candidate for by-election in the next few days.

Party bosses spent the weekend finalising their campaign and are expected to select former miner Jeff Drayton as their candidate.

The Nationals only hold the seat by a slim two and half per cent margin and need to win to restore the Government's majority in Parliament.

The Shooters Fishers and Farmers will unveil their candidate in Singleton this morning.

Image credit: Grant Broadcasters/Jessica Rouse