Dubbo MP Troy Grant has decided to step down as leader of the NSW Nationals.
Mr Grant released the following statement at lunchtime on Monday:
“As a result of The Nationals candidate for Orange Scott Barrett facing an uphill battle to hold the seat, I have informed the NSW Nationals leadership team that at tomorrow’s Party Room meeting I will be standing down as Leader of the NSW Nationals,” Mr Grant said.
“It has been an incredible privilege to serve in that role and lead a team whose sole focus is to serve the people of regional NSW.
“At all times I have been guided by my principles of honesty, integrity and hard work but I accept the result in Orange is a clear message that we haven’t always got it right, nor have we always taken the community with us.
“Regional NSW is full of hard-working, decent people that want to see their Government supporting them and otherwise let them live their lives as they see fit.
“I hope that through my actions the NSW Government is given the opportunity to pause and reset the way it is seen to be governing and our record of delivery can once more be front and centre.
“I am proud of the results the NSW Liberals & Nationals have been able to achieve for regional NSW and the state since coming to power and it is vital that this continues.
“I thank those in the party, our branches and our communities for the trust and support they have shown me during my time as Leader.”
The Central Western Daily spoke with Nationals candidate Scott Barrett a short time ago.