‘Grateful’ to have served

11 Dec 2018 • Progress Leader, Melbourne (General News)
by Anthony Piovesan

Liberals lose blue-ribbon seat of Hawthorn after landslide state election loss Former Liberal MP John Pesutto hasn’t ruled out another tilt at politics after losing his seat of Hawthorn in a shock state election result.

The Labor Party has reclaimed the seat for the first time since 1955.

Mr Pesutto conceded defeat to Labor’s MP John Kennedy last Wednesday.

Mr Kennedy received 50.4 per cent of the votes, compared to 49.6 per cent in favour of Mr Pesutto – the Liberal Party suffered a 9.1 per cent swing.

“I am grateful to the people of Hawthorn who have allowed me to represent them for the last four years,”

Mr Pesutto said. “As a local and as a politician it has been an honour and privilege to be able to do that.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate the incoming member John Kennedy and wish him well.”

The loss also meant Mr Pesutto was forced to pull out of the race to be the new leader of the Victorian Liberal Party.

But Mr Pesutto said he would get behind the new Liberal team and help rebuild the party.

He said traditional Liberal voters, who deserted the party at the state poll, had been left feeling they could not support a party which had ignored or opposed issues they care about.

On his future plans, Mr Pesutto said it would be “back to the drawing board”. “I will take some time to consider my options while also trying to support my family,” he said.

He first discovered his election campaign was in serious trouble on live television – while appearing as a panellist on ABC TV.

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