SCOTT STORMS HOME, NEUMANN CLINGS ON
WHAT was expected to be a Labor landslide in the seat of Blair has turned out to be a narrow margin separating the ALP and LNP.
Incumbent Blair MP Shayne Neumann won the seat for the ALP but not without fierce competition from the LNP, followed closely by One Nation.
Liberal candidate Robert Shearman conceded defeat and said it was a massive wake-up call for Mr Neumann.
“The local member hasn’t been doing anything to support businesses out there or infrastructure requirements, he hasn’t put in anything to support the people of Blair,” he said.
“He needs to be able to support the rural (voters) as well as greater Ipswich.”
Mr Shearman said common sense had improved LNP chances in what was widely regarded as a safe Labor seat.
“I was talking a little bit of common sense, we wanted to have businesses thriving in Ipswich, support those businesses, support infrastructure development and support the whole Blair electorate,” he said.
“We want to create the jobs and the economic opportunity.”
Mr Neumann held the seat with a margin of 8.1 per cent at the previous election and was widely tipped to hold the seat with ease.
However the shock tight race on Saturday has shrunk that margin to just 1.57 per cent.
JUST IN: Blair MP Shayne Neumann.