James Forsyth

Rudd resigns, Australia has its first female PM

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In the end, Kevin Rudd didn't even last to the leadership ballot. He agreed to step down as PM and Labour leader this morning and the party immediately replaced him with Julia Gillard, his deputy who announced she was prepared to stand against him yesterday.

At the start of the year, Rudd was the most popular PM in thirty years. His departure is a remarkable turn of events. We'll have more analysis later in the day.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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