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(generated from captions) tonight and good luck for whatever lies ahead.Thank you.Now back to our story on recriminations within the Labor Party. Here's some news that will infuriate the many Labor insiders who blame Kevin Rudd for the past three years of turmoil. Despite calls for Mr Rudd to resign from Parliament, one of his key allies has confirmed to 7.30 that the ousted PM will stay on in his seat. His decision will dismay many in Labor ranks. Tonight one of Julia Gillard's key loyalists former minister Craig Emerson has hit out accusing Kevin Rudd of treachery and saying his continuing presence in the Parliament will destabilise the next Labor Leader. National affairs correspondent Heather Ewart has the exclusive.

Well, jeez, I thought we'd lost!(Laughter) It was a speech of vindication rather than concession. Kevin Rudd believed he'd saved his party from annihilation at the ballot wanted
box. What many of them now wanted to hear was what he planned to do next.I will not be reckon testing the leadership of the Parliamentary Labor Party. The Australian people, I believe, deserve a fresh start with our leadership . I know this will not be welcome news to some of you. But my responsibility has been to maintain Labor as a fighting force for future, so that we can unite behind the next leader of our party.(Applause)

But he would stay on as the member for Griffith. After three years of leadership turmoil some of his parliamentary colleagues were horrified.My own judgment remains that it's in his interests and in our best for him to not just do that but to leave the Parliament at some early time. We have to put a line underneath the politics of personality and the politics of personal division.I'm very strongly of the view and that other of my colleagues or former colleagues are of the same view that we've got to put that whole Rudd Gillard instability and division behind us. There's got to be a fresh start, there's got to be unity behind a new leadership team and the new leader cannot be looking around and seeing over their shoulder the spectre of that division in the form of Kevin Rudd or anyone else. But today, one of Kevin Rudd's closest supporters, outgoing minister Kim Carr, revealed to 7.30 that the former Prime Minister will stay in Parliament as the member for Griffith for the full three-year term.I've spoken to Kevin since the election. I wished him well and I wanted to congratulate him on what an extraordinary performance that he has been able to put in throughout this campaign. And he's made it very clear to me that his intention is to get on with the job of being the member for Griffith and get on with representing his electors and I've got no doubt that his intention is to stay.It couldn't be clearer. Rudd isn't going anywhere, and here's the rationale.He has a lot to do. He has a great contribution to make. And I'm sure that he will make T I don't see there's any desire to have a by-election particularly in this current climate. Quon firmation that Kevin Rudd won't quit his seat at any point in the next three years has infuriated some of his colleagues. It shows the old Rudd-Gillard tensions haven't been buried yet, despite all the talk of the party now needing to unite. Those members re-elected on Saturday declined to be interviewed. But retired member and former Gillard minister Craig Emerson doesn't have that constraint and has unleashed to 7 n 30.Kevin Rudd should move on. He has proved himself to be a destabilising influence within the Parliamentary Labor Party. Kevin Rudd destabilised Laurie Brereton as shadow Foreign Affairs Minister, he destabilised Simon Crean as Opposition Leader, he destabilised Kim Beazley as Opposition Leader and he destabilised Julia Gillard as Prime Minister. The caucus needs to move on beyond Kevin Rudd F he stays he will destabilise, it's in his nought tour. Craig Emerson was one of Julia Gillard's most loyal supporters. He speaks for others in her camp who have long memories and still blame Kevin Rudd for undermining Julia Gillard's election campaign in 2010. Through a series of damaging leaks from a small high-level Budget Committee.I'm saying that a process of elimination leads to this, that Julia Gillard did not leak against herself. Wayne Swan as Deputy Prime Minister did not leak against himself and the government. There were only four in the room where these conversations were supposed to have Ock urpd. Kevin Rudd was one. Them. He was the Prime Minister at the time and this information was conveyed to the media at crucial times during the 2010 election campaign, people can draw their own conclusions.These are attempts to rewrites history and I think they should be rebuffed. The reality is that we are all responsible for our current predicament and we all have to ensure that we look to the future together, that we take collective responsibility for rebuilding Labor and if we have different points of view, do our best to talk directly to one another.You should never reward treachery and what happened is that the parliamentary Labor party by a majority rewarded Kevin Rudd's treachery and we saw the consequences. His treachery should never be rewarded again. Craig Emerson and others of like mind are adamant Kevin Rudd has to go.He came back as Prime Minister. The election was a disaster for Labor and Kevin Rudd's continuing presence in the Parliamentary Labor Party will see him do what he has always done and that is willingly, willfully, recklessly de stabilise Labor leaders. It is in the best interests of the party for Kevin Rudd to leave the Parliament. I think Kevin as a former leader of the Labor Party is entitled to the respect and curt she that other leaders have enjoyed. And that's certainly the approach that I will be taking.If he stays for any length of time, he will be a favourite of the media, they will ring up Mr Rudd, ask for some off-the-record comments that they can use just as happened in the last three years under Julia Gillard's leadership.As Labor moves closer to sorting out who will be the next leader, some are suspicious about Kevin Rudd's long-term leadership ambitions.It's always about Kevin T hasn't been about the parliamentary Labor party T hasn't been about Labor values. It's always been about Kevin, always has been, always will be. The healing process after Saturday night's defeat clearly has a long way to run yet. Though everyone in the Labor Party knows the task now is to rebuild.Don't ever write off the Labor Party. It is a great party with great traditions, great loyalists and Kevin Rudd is not one of them.