Barnaby Joyce ready for by-election fight
Barnaby Joyce ready for by-election fight | Glen Innes Examiner
Barnaby Joyce is expected to be officially endorsed as the Nationals candidate for the New England by-election at a meeting in Glen Innes today.
While other party members are entitled to put their hand up for pre-selection, Nationals New England electorate committee chair Russell Webb told Fairfax Media it was likely Mr Joyce would stand uncontested.
“We’ll call for nominations, but I doubt within our organisation anyone would want to stand against him,” Mr Webb said.
“It’ll be full steam ahead from there.”
Mr Joyce’s camp is already eyeing off a campaign office, with the lease expected to be signed soon.
“We’ll be up and running by next week,” Mr Webb said.
“Every political party knows what the challenges are in a situation like this, so it’s about being organised, disciplined and ready to go if the cards fall a certain way.
“We’ve got people on the ground ready to start campaigning and start doing the work that has to be done to ensure we get the ex-Deputy Prime Minister back as the Deputy Prime Minister.”