Liberals claim victory in Frome

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The State Liberals have today claimed victory after the by-election in Frome – and are now focussed on the 2010 State election.

 

Voters turned their backs on Labor and Mike Rann – who campaigned heavily in the seat - with their vote crashing to 26.2 per cent last week. This is down from 41.0 per cent at the 2006 State election.

 

In claiming victory, Opposition Leader Martin Hamilton-Smith said Terry Boylan will be an outstanding Liberal Member for Frome.

 

“Terry Boylan is a hard worker who will be a strong voice for the people of Frome in Parliament,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.

 

“I congratulate Terry and the Liberal team who worked together magnificently on the campaign.

 

“I want to thank the people of Frome for their support and renewed faith in the State Liberals.

 

“Our task now is to present a case to South Australia that we deserve to be considered as the alternative and the next Government in March 2010.”

 

Mr Hamilton-Smith said Frome was always going to be a difficult seat to retain given the retirement of a popular local member and the constellation of other candidates in the race, who directed their preferences away from the Liberal Party.

 

“The result sends a strong message to Labor, particularly marginal seat MPs,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said.

 

“Fourteen months out from a State election, Labor MPs will be eyeing the 15 per cent fall in Labor’s primary vote with concern.”

 

The incoming Liberal Member for Frome Terry Boylan said: “I look forward to joining the Martin Hamilton-Smith team and fighting for the future of Frome”.

 

“Premier Rann’s failure to deliver meaningful action on health, water and jobs in the electorate means that my work has only just begun.”

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