Live: Gillard calls Labor leadership spill

Prime Minister Julia Gillard listens during Question Time today. (AAP: Alan Porritt)

Live: Gillard calls Labor leadership spill

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called a ballot for the Labor leadership after supporters of Kevin Rudd took the first steps towards another spill.

Ms Gillard says the spill will be held at 7.00pm AEST, and that whoever loses should retire from Parliament immediately.

“There are no more opportunities. Tonight is the night. This is it,” she told Sky News.

The dramatic announcement comes after backers of Mr Rudd circulated a petition to MPs to force a special Caucus meeting to hold a ballot aimed at ousting Ms Gillard from the Lodge.

Follow our live blog for updates as they happen.


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