Former Australian Medical Association president and gay and lesbian rights advocate Kerryn Phelps (pictured) has quashed rumours that she will run for the federal seat of Wentworth at the next federal election.

Reports began circulating last year that Phelps had been in discussions with the Labor Party to run for the seat. The rumours reached fever pitch last week following sitting Liberal member Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to resign from politics.

A senior Labor source told The Australian in March that discussions with Phelps had not borne fruit, stating that “both sides decided it was not the right fit”, but the rumour mill was still abuzz with hopes that Phelps might reconsider.

Her partner, Jackie Stricker, confirmed to Southern Star that they were nothing more than that — rumours.

“It’s tempting, but there’s too much on our plates right now,” Stricker said.

Phelps declined to make any further comment.

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