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Alex Somlyay v Peter Slipper grudge match

Alex Somlyay’s hatred for Peter Slipper is scaling new heights of fury now that his nemesis has got himself the Speaker’s job.

He’s released letters he wrote in 2009 accusing Slipper of being erratic and a drunk and such.

And yet Somlyay had worked out a similar sweetheart deal with Labor over the Deputy Speaker’s job that Slipper eventually pulled for himself. Somlyay was filthy that Abbott had boned him as Chief Opposition Whip.

The Sunshine Coast MPs Somlyay and Slipper are both planning to retire at the next election. It seems unlikely they’ll catch up for a beer afterwards.

Liberal sources say that in the New Year a concerted attack would be made on the “unstable” Slipper, with Sophie Mirabella likely to be given responsibility for the jihad. She is believed to be in possession of extensive files of material on the Speaker.

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