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New Leader for The Nationals

Thursday 4 December 2014

The Hon. Peter Walsh MP has been elected Leader of The National in Victoria.

Steph Ryan has been elected Deputy Leader.

“I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of Peter Ryan, who set a leadership standard I aim to emulate,” Mr Walsh said.

“As Leader, I am determined to show to the people of regional Victoria that it is The Nationals who have their best interest at heart. I firmly believe The Nationals are the only party that truly represents regional Victoria.

“It is The Nationals that are committed to working with regional communities to ensure we have the services, the infrastructure, the industries and the opportunities that we need for a prosperous and productive future. It is The Nationals that have the strongest voice for regional Victoria in the Victorian Parliament.

"I want The Nationals to rebuild their on the ground connection with rural and regional people.

“The Nationals will fight tooth and nail during the next four years to ensure regional Victoria does not suffer at the hands of a city-focused, union-influenced Labor Government.”

Mr Walsh welcomed the election of Steph Ryan to the position of Deputy Leader.