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Liberal MP Craig Laundy to announce future plans

MP Craig Laundy is expected to confirm "imminently" whether he will contest his marginal seat. (AAP)

Federal Liberal MP Craig Laundy is expected to confirm "imminently" whether he will contest his marginal Sydney seat or Reid at the election in May.

Federal Liberal MP Craig Laundy is expected to announce "imminently" his retirement from the marginal Sydney seat of Reid.

Mr Laundy - a former minister and staunch ally of Malcolm Turnbull - has reportedly told Scott Morrison of his decision to quit.

Government MP Craig Laundy and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been talking to Craig Laundy about his future for months.
AAP

But the decision has been kept under wraps while the prime minister finds a high-profile replacement to parachute into the seat.

Mr Morrison continues to fend off questions about Mr Laundy's widely-anticipated resignation.

"When we're in a position to make announcements about that matter then we will," he told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.

Mr Laundy's retirement would be a blow to the Morrison government which has already been hit by high-profile departures, including former foreign minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Christopher Pyne. 

Mr Morrison's attempts to recruit a star candidate to replace Mr Laundy have suffered a major setback, after former NSW Police deputy commissioner Nick Kaldas rejected his offer to run.

Former NSW deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas has reportedly refused to run for the Liberals.
Former NSW deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas has reportedly refused to run for the Liberals.
AAP

Mr Kaldas rebuffed the prime minister at a meeting last week, The Australian reports.

Senior Liberal figures believe Reid is likely to be lost to Labor unless Mr Laundy stays on, or a well-known candidate fills the void.

Labor candidate Sam Crosby, the executive director of the party's public policy think tank, has been campaigning in the seat for the past 12 months.

The Liberal Party holds Reid by a margin of 4.7 per cent, with a federal election due in May.

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