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History repeats itself – and Paul Foster-Bell’s happy

Sep 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Latest News, News

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PAUL FOSTER-BELL has once again lost his Wellington Central electorate seat to Grant Robertson – but at No 46 on the party list, he is back in Parliament.

Foster-Bell says he is not surprised that Grant Robertson has received Wellington Central’s backing.

He says his campaign was never about just him, the focus was to strengthen the overall National Party vote.

“We’ve been here before, back in 2011 it was exactly the same situation. However, it was never just about me, it was about National getting stronger,” he says.

Supporters repeated Foster-Bell’s words.

Michael Riordan, a Wellington student says: “We’re not too worried about the electorate seat, it’s about the National Party. Grant Robertson has a high profile and he’ll probably be the next leader.”

“It’s hard, and it’s sad, but National have risen, and that’s the main point,” says Belinda Kyles, a small business owner.

Around 40 National supporters gathered at Wellington’s iconic Backbenchers pub to show their support for the candidate.

Mr Foster-Bell showed confidence as the votes for his electorate started rolling in, however his confidence slowly diminished at the 75% vote count, when he acknowledged defeat.

He left Backbenchers pub with his campaign manager heading to Labour headquarters at the Wharewaka to do the “gentlemanly thing” of congratulating his competitor, Mr Robertson.

He returned to Backbenchers to address the crowd who were gearing up to see New Zealand’s new-old Prime Minister, John Key on TV.

“I went down to Wharewaka to concede to Grant Robertson, and it’s the happiest concession speech I’ve ever given because the mood is low at the headquarters, due to a historical loss,” he said, referencing the big National victory.

He went on to thank the audience who were predominantly volunteers in his campaign.

 

 

 

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