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Windsor comeback attracts mixed reviews

Former independent MP Tony Windsor announce his run for the seat of New England at a press conference in Canberra on Thursday. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Former independent MP Tony Windsor announce his run for the seat of New England at a press conference in Canberra on Thursday. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Canberra [AAP]

Tony Windsor’s planned return to the political stage has attracted thumbs-down reviews from his political opponents.

Industry minister Christopher Pyne said sequels never worked.

‘I don’t think Tony Windsor’s comeback will be successful. He left in 2013 because he was going to lose,’ he told the Ten Network.

Mr Joyce, who holds New England with a 20 per cent margin, said if he was making an announcement about the seat of New England, he would probably do it in the electorate.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton speculated that Mr Windsor was motivated by relevance deprivation syndrome.

‘He’s a self-funded retiree whose got millions of dollars out of the sale of his farm to a mining company and now pretends to be the champion of farmers,’ he told Sydney Radio 2GB.

Mr Windsor held New England from 2001 to the 2013 election, standing aside partly because of an unspecified medical condition.

He announced on Thursday he would stand again in the electorate where he once commanded 62 per cent of the primary vote.

‘The electorate I live in, the electorate I love, the electorate I’ve worked for over many years, I see things stalling,’ he told reporters in Canberra.

The poll in New England could become even more complicated with NSW Greens upper house MP Jeremy Buckingham considering a run.

In 2013 the Greens won just 4.6 per cent of the primary vote in New England but the party believes Mr Buckingham would boost their vote.


One response to “Windsor comeback attracts mixed reviews”

  1. Roger Graf says:

    Whatever the outcome at the next election, Barnaby will need to tread carefully and make his electoral area his primary concern and this will take the wind out of his apparent sail to help with other National seats that may be contentious within a close call.
    There is certainly animosity with both candidates and certainly the Nat’s do not have any credibility for
    Tony after the move to win the balance of power for Labor in 2010.

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