Ross is buzzing back to Bee­hive

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PJ TAY­LOR

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.

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