Thomas George chosen for election
SITTING National Party MP Thomas George has been endorsed by his party to fight the next State election.
Mr George was unopposed for the Lismore electorate contest.
He received the endorsement of local party branches on Saturday and now seems likely to get automatic approval from the party’s head office in Sydney to stand as the National candidate
“There was no opposition. I feel very honoured and humbled that my name has been put forward as the pre-selected candidate,” Mr George said yesterday.
Asked if he was looking forward to being part of a coalition government after the next state election in just under 12 months – given the troubles of the current Labor Government – Mr George said he was not taking anything for granted.
“It’s not a fait accompli about being in government. There’s a lot of work to be done,” he said.
With the Labor Government still floundering in the opinion polls Mr George’s own 10 per cent margin at the 2007 state election, which he increased from 8.2pc in 2003, looks safe.
He is the first candidate chosen by any party for the electorate for the state election to be held before March 19, 2011.
Mr George celebrated 10 years in Parliament last year and has been a member of the National Party since 1969.