– Craig Thomson still hopes to continue his political career, most likely as an independent, but believe the Labor Party is keeping open pre-selection for his seat in case he is vindicated of the fraud charges he faces.

In his first media interview since last Thursday’s dramatic arrest on 150 fraud charges, Thomson denied ever using prostitutes and revealed that his legal fees to fight the case could cost him his house.

Thomson said the case against him was a police concoction, designed to cause a sensation. Asked if he had ever paid a prostitute for sex, the MP replied: “No, and that’s that.”

Thomson has been widely portrayed as a disgraced figure but has not called time on his political ambitions, telling Fairfax Media he believes the ALP has delayed pre-selection in his NSW seat while his legal fight plays out.

In response, Labor’s national secretary George Wright acknowledged the party had yet to preselect for Thomson’s New South Wales central coast seat of Dobell, but quickly slammed the door shut on Thomson as an option, saying “we will be selecting a new Labor candidate”.

Last Thursday Thomson was arrested by five NSW and Victorian detectives and charged at Wyong police station with fraud. A further 149 charges were laid. They relate to his use of a Health Services Union-issued credit card while he was the union’s national secretary, and include claims that money was spent on prostitutes and election campaigning.

Thomson believes the number of charges brought against him reflects the authorities’ wish to conduct a spectacular arrest.

The ALP’s rapid rebuff of a Thomson comeback still doesn’t rule him out as a candidate in September. He says he is also considering standing as an independent.

The father or two says he gets to the point of questioning whether it is all worth it probably many time a day but says he feels an obligation to the voters of Dobell.

Persistent speculation in Canberra has surrounded the cost of Thomson’s legal tussle, with some suggesting the MP could be rendered bankrupt by his fight, forcing him to quit Parliament before his term is served. But Thomson scotched the idea, declaring, “I’m not going bankrupt tomorrow or any of those things…what is likely is if I didn’t have enough money it would be a lack of (legal) representation.”

Either way, he made clear, there is no way he would be leaving Parliament before the September election.

Thomson says he was angry when police strip searched him after the arrest. When he complained, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell advised him to take a Bex, a lie down or another look at the situation, because this whole situation arose because Mr Thomson allegedly was too keen to get his kit off in front of strangers – Tim Lester


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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