After losing a nasty preselection battle for Liberal candidacy in Eastern Suburbs seat of Wentworth, Peter King has decided to stand as an independent.

King announced his intentions to run against endorsed Liberal candidate Malcolm Turnbull this morning, turning the Wentworth election into a three-way battle between the current Liberal, the next Liberal and Labor man David Patch.

The Liberal Party holds Wentworth by 7.9 per cent.

Prime Minister John Howard publicly advised King against standing, and also sent out personalised letters to many Wentworth households warning of a possible ALP victory.

A ’78er, Labor candidate David Patch has regularly spoken of his support for the gay and lesbian community, while Turnbull and wife Lucy have hosted functions for the AIDS Trust in their home. King is expected to receive preferences from minor and major party voters.

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