Former premier Morris Iemma savaged Mark Arbib, saying he had wrecked the prime ministership of Kevin Rudd in the same manner he had wrecked the NSW government.

The MP for Fowler Julia Irwin said Mr Arbib “has a lot to answer, for the damage he has done to NSW Labor.”

Ms Irwin said her fellow MPs were being pressured by factional leaders and trade union bosses, who had “got them to where they are”.

“I’m sad to say that a lot of them are going to sell their souls,” she said.

Although Mr Arbib was privately framing the coup as the work of the Victorian Right MPs David Feeney and Bill Shorten, he is known to have been in discussions for weeks.

Some weeks ago he consulted powerbroker Graham Richardson as to whether he should shift the NSW Right’s support to Ms Gillard.

Daily Telegraph: Men who made and broke a PM

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