IN AN emotional farewell speech at NSW Parliament House on Thursday Sydney MP Clover Moore rebuked the new laws which had left her with no choice but to resign.
The recently re-elected Lord Mayor was forced to give up her seat in Macquarie St after the dual roles legislation, widely labelled the "Get Clover Bill" came into effect.
Ms Moore, who entered state politics as an Independent MP in 1998 following a shock win over Liberal MP Michael Yabsley, was given a standing ovation as she entered the Lower House on Thursday.
During her 20 minute speech thanked her supporters and noted that after 24 years in politics it was "parliament about not the people" forcing her our.
Ms Moore has been a staunch advocate of gay rights and environmental protection and was instrumental in the introduction of the Kings Cross injecting centre.
She is the longest serving woman in NSW Parliament.
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