The WA deputy premier has resigned:
Kim Hames has told colleagues he will resign his deputy’s position at the first Liberal Party Room meeting of the new year.
The announcement will spark immediate jockeying and number counting by Liberal MPs as they seek to identify a replacement.
Police Minister Liza Harvey and Treasurer Mike Nahan are considered the most likely candidates but others may emerge, including Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis.
Could it possibly be after his butchering of the WA Budget?