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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Green’s gain a seat, National loses one


Kennedy Graham is an MP now that the final election result is in. The Greens have always done well on specials - in fact in 1999 they got seven extra MPs on top of their election night count.

Cam Calder misses out and the Bill and Ben Party has the highest number of votes of all 2008 non-parliamentary parties – although NZ First was knocked out of Parliament. Fewer people voted the Family Party than Destiny Church has members. Brian Tamaki is preparing tomorrow's sermon this afternoon on exercising the right to vote.

But as Farrar notes, had 22 more National voters voted Labour, National could have lost another seat and Damien O’Connor would have kept his place in Parliament. Had Helen Clark not been Prime Minister that would certainly have happened.

Aaron Gilmore can breathe a sigh of relief.

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