Tough new role for whipping boy Ward

KIAMA MP Gareth Ward has been elected unopposed to the key post of deputy whip at a regular meeting of the parliamentary Liberal Party on Tuesday morning.

“I congratulate Gareth Ward on his unanimous election today to the role of deputy whip,” NSW Premier Mike Baird said.

“The result speaks volumes about the respect and esteem his colleagues have for his capacity and ability.

“Gareth is well regarded by MPs and he has done a fantastic job as an acting speaker. He has also been a highly effective chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters.”

Mr Ward said he was looking forward to the challenge of this new role.

“I am deeply honoured by the decision of the party room. I am also very humbled to have been elected unopposed,” Mr Ward said.

“I recognise that this role comes with enormous responsibility both in and outside of parliament and I’m looking forward to this new challenge.

“However, my electorate should rest assured that my first and foremost commitment will always be to the community I’ve grown up in. I came to Parliament to fight for the funds and services we need and this passion for our community grows stronger every day I have the enormous privilege to serve.”

Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell was today elected unopposed to the role of government whip at today’s meeting.

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