Jacqui Lambie bids tearful farewell to Senate after shock British citizenship finding forces her out
By Lucy Sweeney, ABC News 14 November 2017
Jacqui Lambie has made an emotional farewell to the Senate after discovering this morning she is "not as bloody Australian as they come". Key points:
Senator asked UK Home Office yesterday to check her status and received confirmation early this morning she obtained British citizenship through her Scottish father Ruled out running in the upcoming Tasmanian election, but left open option for another tilt at federal politics Farewell prompts unusually emotional scenes in the Senate
The Tasmanian senator confirmed the UK Home Office had told her she was entitled to British citizenship by descent because her father was born in Scotland.
"It is with great regret that I have to inform you that I had been found ineligible by way of dual citizenship," she told her Senate colleagues this afternoon.
"I love my father to death and hope to not blame him for this. He has done nothing for which to apologise and he has been my strongest supporter, my loudest cheer squad and my closest adviser. It is not because of him that I am leaving this place. It is because of him that I am here in the first place."