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A self-described “classical Liberal”, Matt Kean copped flack from left and right during vigorous spells as treasurer and minister for the environment.

By withdrawing from the Liberal leadership race, the party’s deputy leader vacates the field to at least four candidates who present a mix of factional support.

While speculation is rife in the party that Kean will consider a switch to federal politics, he’s said today that family comes first and, politically, he’s concentrating on representing his Hornsby electorate.

Matt Kean at his home in Pennant Hills with partner Wendy Quinn, their son Tom 3, and her daughters Jasmine 10, and Monique 8.

Flavio Brancaleone

A polarising figure within the Liberals, Kean has been unafraid to criticise the federal party over its lack of action on climate change and other policies, as well as the right-wing factions of the state party.

He earned the ire of the right-wing “Sky after-dark” commentators, who call him “Green Kean” and blame him for all the Liberals’ woes in NSW. But conservationists have also criticised his environmental credentials.

Here is Matt Wade’s interview Kean from the election campaign trail.

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