Ian Blayney’s statement on plan to switch to Nationals

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

Statement from Ian Blayney MLA, Member for Geraldton

Today I have resigned my membership of the Liberal Party of Australia (WA), and will be seeking to become a member of the National Party of Australia (WA).

The Nationals WA have a singular and dedicated focus on regional Western Australia.

After much deliberation I have come to the conclusion that working with a Parliamentary team and organisation with this focus will best serve the electorate of Geraldton.

I would like to be part of a team that prioritises our regional communities and their future.

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

I greatly appreciate the faith the people of Geraldton have placed in me over the past 3 elections and the support I have received as their local member and I look forward to continuing the hard work that has earned me this support.

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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