Stoner says no to running in Vaile's Lyne

29 Jul, 2008 04:35 PM
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NSW Nationals Leader Andrew Stoner.
NSW Nationals Leader Andrew Stoner.

The NSW Nationals leader, Andrew Stoner, has ruled out running for the federal seat of Lyne because he hopes to be deputy premier in a state Coalition government in 2011.

Mr Stoner had considered a move to federal politics after the announcement that his National Party colleague, the former deputy prime minister Mark Vaile, was retiring from Parliament, forcing a byelection in his Mid-North Coast seat.

But Mr Stoner said yesterday he would remain in state politics. "My priority remains to bring about a change of government in NSW," he said.

"I want to be part of the new leadership of NSW."

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