Grylls to re­con­test seat

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - ■ Daniel Emerson

WA Na­tion­als el­der states­man Bren­don Grylls will re­con­test his State seat of Pil­bara next March, shelv­ing the prospect of a switch to Fed­eral pol­i­tics — for now.

Mr Grylls had been linked to the Fed­eral seat of Durack, held by Lib­eral Melissa Price, and was last year openly courted by Na­tion­als deputy leader Barn­aby Joyce.

Nom­i­na­tions for Pil­bara pre­s­e­lec­tion closed on Jan­uary 21 and Mr Grylls told lo­cals at a party sun­downer in Kar­ratha that evening he was stay­ing put. The party con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion in a lowkey an­nounce­ment on the Na­tion­als WA Pil­bara Face­book page.

Mr Grylls re­signed from Cab­i­net and the Na­tion­als lead­er­ship in 2013 to recharge his bat­ter­ies.

Mr Joyce last week ac­cepted Mr Grylls’ de­ci­sion but held out hope they would one day be Fed­eral col­leagues. “It seems Bren­don is go­ing to look af­ter his peo­ple in the State elec­torate of Pil­bara but I re­main in the hope that he will even­tu­ally move into the Fed­eral arena,” he said.

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