Simon Kennedy secures win at Cook by-election

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The Liberal MP Simon Kennedy has been announced as the newest federal member of parliament, claiming the seat for Cook.

The Sydney Morning Herald revealed that this marked a new chapter for Kennedy, as he secured almost 63% of the primary vote, backed by a 6.5% swing to the Liberals.

NSW Liberal leader Mark Speakman praised Kennedy’s win, describing him as a “very energetic candidate” who would be a great asset to the federal party.

Mark Speakman
Mark Speakman. Photo: NSW Liberals.

“He really hit the ground running from day one. I suspect that scared off prospective Teals and Labor. They saw he was not going to take it for granted,” Mr Speakman said.

Mr Kennedy previously ran for the Bennelong electorate in 2022 but was defeated by Labor MP Jerome Laxale.

Following his Liberal preselection win in March, Kennedy relocated from Maroubra to Cook in southern Sydney. 

Mr Speakman acknowledged potential resistance from locals to an outsider but noted Kennedy’s swift integration into the community. 

Mr Kennedy dismissed concerns about his candidacy’s impact, emphasising his dedication to listening and advocating for constituents’ needs. 

“I’ve been out there listening – listening to people and I think that’s what people want,” he said at a polling booth at Burraneer Bay Public School,” Mr Kennedy said.

 “They want their local MP to listen to them and advocate hard.”

Scott Morrison also showed his support for Simon Kennedy, stating he would do a “terrific job” in federal parliament.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

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