Ross is buzzing back to Beehive
Jami-Lee Ross is recognised as a formidable political candidate, though he knows it takes a team to make a successful campaign.
That’s what he was acknowledging when the Eastern Courier talked with him after the general election result.
‘‘I’m very grateful and thankful to the people of Botany who have chosen me for the fourth time to represent them as their MP,’’ Ross says.
‘‘I’m also very thankful and grateful to the literally hundreds of supporters, workers and scrutineers who have worked very hard in the campaign and on the elections.’’
Ross won his fourth election for the East Auckland parliamentary seat on Saturday, surrounded by a large band of National Party faithful during his victory function at The Brook bar, Highbrook.
Ross, 31, first claimed the Botany electorate in a 2011 byelection, and has held it through three national polls in 2011, 2014 and 2017.
There have been some suggestions across the political landscape that new migrants and residents, including those from Asia, haven’t been engaged in the political process, because they didn’t know they could be involved or didn’t understand it.
But Ross, who says he’s an MP for all of Botany’s diverse cultural population, has been ‘‘really impressed with the many people from the Chinese community that exercised their democratic right this election’’.
As for Saturday’s preliminary result and the countrywide campaign, Ross is highly complimentary of his leader’s hard work on the trail and says to ‘‘come back with 46 per cent, only 1 per cent less than three years ago, has really shown that Bill English is the leader the country wants’’.
In the capital since Monday, Ross, as National’s senior whip, is now inducting the party’s 11 new MPs on their parliamentary orientation.
Botany election night results
Electorate: Jami-Lee Ross (National) 18856, Tofik Mamedov (Labour) 7071, Julie Zhu 1699, Wetex Kang (Ma¯ori Party) 934, Damian Light (UnitedFuture) 432, Sam Singh (ACT) 285; majority 11785.
Party vote (top five): National 18611, Labour 8228, NZ First 1442, Green 659, TOP 215.