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Susan Lamb to contest next federal election

LABOR MP Susan Lamb plans to contest the next federal election without taking further steps to renounce her British citizenship.

After the Queensland MP made a raw personal confession in Parliament last week about the personal circumstances she claimed prevented her for obtaining a key document needed to complete the renunciation process, it's understood Ms Lamb believes she does not need to take further steps.

She told The Australian she would ask constituents to re-elect her "whenever Turnbull decides to call the election".

Pressure was mounting on Ms Lamb to refer her case to the High Court last week when Parliament returned until news broke of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's affair with his former staffer, Vikki Campion.

Susan Lamb in Question Time in the House of Representatives Chamber, at Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: Kym Smith
Susan Lamb in Question Time in the House of Representatives Chamber, at Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: Kym Smith

The government could have used its numbers to refer her case but chose not to, fearing it would overly politicise referrals in the future.

Ms Lamb remains a dual citizen at this stage but is relying on legal advice that she took "all reasonable steps" to renounce her British citizenship.

Last week, she broke down as she told Parliament she was unable to obtain her parents' marriage certificate due to the relationship breakdown with her mother.

Queensland Labor MPs have told The Australian they now believe the government is unlikely to refer Ms Lamb while Mr Joyce's relationship with Ms Campion has "swamped any other issue".

"The killing zone was before Christmas, it was coming back into parliament," a Labor MP told The Australian.

"They haven't done it (a partisan referral), I don't think they will," they said.

"They might hang it over our head but as each day passes it's getting harder for them to do."

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