The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - ALEXAN­DRA HUMPHRIES and SHAUN Mc­MANUS

THE Lib­eral Party has been re­turned to ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment in the 2018 state elec­tion, pick­ing up three of the five seats in Lyons in the process.

The elec­torate — which in­cor­po­rates the Der­went Val­ley and Cen­tral High­lands — will con­tinue to be rep­re­sented by three Lib­eral MPs and two La­bor MPs, as it has been since 2014.

The only dif­fer­ence in Lyons’ make-up fol­low­ing the 2018 state elec­tion stems from the re­tire­ment of La­bor MP David Llewellyn.

Mr Llewellyn con­firmed in May last year that he in­tended to re­tire at the 2018 elec­tion af­ter serv­ing 28 years in Par­lia­ment — in­clud­ing 14 years as a min­is­ter.

The Lib­eral Party have so far re­ceived 50.8 per cent of the vote in Lyons, and La­bor 33.2 per cent.

How­ever, La­bor leader Re­becca White’s pop­u­lar­ity in her home elec­torate was clear as she polled thou­sands of votes ahead of all other can­di­dates in Lyons.

The three Lib­eral in­cum­bents, Rene Hid­ding, Guy Bar­nett and Mark Shel­ton, will all be re­turned.

La­bor is likely to re­tain a sec­ond seat on the back of Ms White’s pop­u­lar­ity, with can­di­dates Janet Lambert, Dar­ren Clark and Jen But­ler locked in a three-way bat­tle.

Lambert cur­rently leads with 1583 votes, ahead of But­ler (1404), and Clark (1254).

About 15 per cent of the vote in Lyons was di­vided among mi­nor par­ties the Tas­ma­nian Greens, Shoot­ers, Fish­ers, Farm­ers Tas and the Jac­qui Lam­bie Net­work.

The Greens have so far re­ceived 6.3 per cent of the vote, and JLN 5.4 per cent.

There was been a 5.1 per cent swing away from the Greens and a 1.2 per cent swing away from the Lib­er­als in Lyons, and a 5.5 per cent swing to­wards La­bor.

Greens lead can­di­date Fraser Brind­ley and JLN can­di­date and Glam­or­gan Spring Bay Mayor Michael Kent polled sim­i­lar num­bers.

Ms White said La­bor had cam­paigned with in­tegrity, and the result had put the Lib­er­als on no­tice.

About 80 per cent of the vote has been counted in Lyons so far. Fi­nal re­sults are ex­pected by March 16.

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