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Monday, 22 April 2019 12:04 pm

Andersen upbeat as Labour licks its wounds

Virginia Andersen gives her speech to a Labour crowd at the end of the night

PROUD IN DEFEAT: Virginia Andersen talks about her pride in the campaign against Peter Dunne.

VIRGINIA Andersen has trimmed Peter Dunne’s support in Ohariu in her first shot at running for Parliament.

The Labour candidate finished about 900 votes behind incumbent Dunne, who held the seat by 1400 votes in 2011.

In her speech to the crowd at the end of the night at Labour’s party in the Wharewaka on Wellingtons’ waterfront, she spoke of her pride in the campaign, despite the loss.

“I’m proud and humbled by the effort of everyone,” she says.

Andersen says the lesson learned is for the Green and Labour candidates to work together in Ohariu.

“Green got a lot of votes. It takes away from the incumbent that both parties want out,” she says.

“The left is not doing themselves any favours.”

When Newswire asked her if she’d be running again she simply replied “damn right”.

For now she is looking forward to a rest with family in Auckland tomorrow.

After Labour leader David Cunliffe’s concession speech, NewsWire asked supporters at the Wharewaka what they thought of what he had to say, but no-one would be drawn on their thoughts.

Supporters and candidates were in a disappointed and disgruntled mood, but some remained positive for the future.

“I feel like we let down the people who wanted a change,” Nevada Lee-Mariu says.

Crowd mourns the Labour loss to National

DISAPPOINTED: Three members of the crowd mourn the Labour Party loss to the National Party.

“It hasn’t gone the way we wanted but we will be back,” Wellington MP Grant Robertson says.

“We look forward to next election when we take this country back,” Mana MP Kris Faafoi says.

Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkin says Labour has a huge challenge ahead with New Zealanders who don’t identify with the party anymore.

“Labour is not speaking to the hopes and aspirations of New Zealanders,” he says.

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