SIMON Crean has asked Julia Gillard to call a leadership spill. He said he will not be standing as leader, but will put up his hand as deputy leader, reported

He has announced that the he's asked the Prime Minister for a spill on all leadership positions. Rolling coverage

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"It seems to me the party through the government is in a stalemate position, something needs to be done to resolve this issue once and for all.

"I am asking her to call a spill of all leadership positions in the party.

"This is an issue that has to be resolved, there is too much at stake."

"This is a regretful position for me, my relationship with the PM goes back some time. This is not personal."

"This is about the party, its future and the future of the country," he said.