PM: Northland by-election result disappointing
Prime Minister John Key says he’s disappointed National has lost the Northland by-election but congratulates Winston Peters on winning the seat.
“Mark Osborne is an outstanding candidate and he would’ve been a strong advocate for Northland in the National-led Government.
“By-elections are always tough and it was a unique set of circumstances that occurred in Northland that led to this result.
“However, Mr Peters ran a good campaign and I congratulate him on his win,” Mr Key says.
“The Northland region has been struggling for decades and although we have been making progress, Northlanders have clearly told us they are not satisfied with the rate of progress and we understand that.
“I would like to assure Northlanders we’re going to continue to work hard to deliver more progress. We plan to work hard to win the seat back in the general election in two and a half years,” Mr Key says.