Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney confirms he has quit Liberal Party, seeks Nationals move

Geraldton Guardian
Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney.
Camera IconMember for Geraldton Ian Blayney. Credit: Geoff Vivian

Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney has quit the Liberal Party and will sit as an independent, pending his planned move to the Nationals.

In a statement this morning, Mr Blayney confirmed yesterday’s The West Australian report.

He said “after much deliberation” he had decided the move would best serve the Geraldton electorate.

“I would like to be part of a team that prioritises our regional communities and their future,” he said.

“This decision has not been easy, and I acknowledge that it will disappoint my Liberal Party colleagues and some members of the community.”

THE STATEMENT IN FULL

Mr Blayney said he appreciated the faith Geraldton people had placed in him over the past three elections and the support he have received as their local member.

“I look forward to continuing the hard work that has earned me this support,” he said.

“I would like to reassure the people of Geraldton that their needs and best interests remain my focus.

“I will be guided by the National Party on their processes for seeking membership, and until that matter can be considered by their State Council I will be sitting as an independent in the Parliament.”

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