Liberal senator Lucy Gichuhi has told Scott Morrison she was not bullied in connection with the party’s messy leadership contest after being bullied into backflipping.

The South Australian senator threatened to use parliamentary privilege to name and shame those who intentionally intimidated her during last month’s Liberal leadership crisis.

But Mr Morrison said Senator Gichuhi has told him she wasn’t bullied after he gave her a stern talking to.

“She made it very clear to me that in terms of the events in Canberra, and the spill of the leadership, she told me very plainly that she was not bullied by anybody here in Canberra in relation to that matter,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Senator Gichuhi says she has left the prime minister to deal with the issue once being told by the prime minister’s office to “harden up”.

“I wasn’t bullied by Mathias Cormann, Eric Abetz, James Paterson, Andrew Hastie or Michael Sukkar,” Senator Gichuhi posted to Twitter after leaving the prime minister’s office.

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