Ward to crack the whip

Kiama MP Gareth Ward.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward.

KIAMA MP Gareth Ward has reiterated his commitment to his community after being elected to a key parliamentary position on Tuesday.

Mr Ward was elected unopposed to the key post of Deputy Whip at the regular meeting of the Parliamentary Liberal Party.  

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 today,’’ he said.

‘‘I am also very humbled to have been elected unopposed.

“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.”  

NSW Premier Mike Baird congratulated Mr Ward on his unanimous election to the role. 

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

“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.”  

Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell was elected unopposed to the role of Government Whip at the meeting.  

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