Peta Credlin labelled 'Horsewoman of the Apocalypse'

THE treasurer of the Federal Liberal Party launched a strident attack on the Prime Minister's chief of staff, Peta Credlin, urging her removal in an explosive text message leaked to the ABC's Four Corners program.

The confidential message from party treasurer Philip Higginson was sent to a senior Liberal figure late last year.

He refers to Ms Credlin as the "Horsewoman of the Apocalypse" and tells his Liberal colleague: "I do hope you can negotiate the removal of Credlin. That would be a huge win in itself."

Mr Higginson was considered a good friend of Prime Minister Tony Abbott when he sent the message.

It was written during a fraught dispute with Ms Credlin's husband, Liberal Party federal director Brian Loughnane, over the party's accounts.

Senior Liberal sources told Four Corners they believed the dispute was bound up in the crisis that rocked the Prime Minister's leadership earlier this year.

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