Labor delighted, Broady speaking:

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Herald Sun | AAP

21st February 2011

It was backslapping all round in the Labor Party yesterday after it managed to hold its heartland state seat of Broadmeadows despite a drop in the primary vote of more than 8 per cent. Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews was jubilant in welcoming high-profile MP-elect Frank McGuire the party room, severely trimmed by the November state election.

“It’s great to be back in Broadmeadows a day on from the by-election to thank the people of Broadmeadows for their trust, the support they’ve provided to Frank McGuire and the Labor Party,” Mr Andrews said.

The by-election was called when former premier John Brumby quit politics after losing the November election. With more than 77 per cent of the vote counted on Saturday night, Mr McGuire had a primary vote of 53.8 per cent, compared with Mr Brumby’s primary vote of 62.3 per cent at the November statewide poll.

Mr Andrews said he did not want to “brush over” the swing against Labor.

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