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February 28, 2018

Excited: Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said the National party needed to get back to focusing on its electorates after a new leader was elected yesterday morning.

Following Barnaby Joyce’s announcement he would step down from the role on Friday, Nationals politicians came together and voted to elect NSW-based Michael McCormack the new party leader.

Mr Drum said there had been an expectation David Littleproud would stand, but he withdrew prior to the vote, which Mr Drum said was smart.

‘‘If they haven’t got the numbers, they’re not going to get through,’’ he said.

‘‘At the last minute, George (Christensen) threw his hat in the ring.’’

Mr Drum said Nationals party members did not know the winning margin.

He said only the future would determine Mr McCormack’s commitment to this region.

‘‘He has an even-levelled demeanour,’’ Mr Drum said.

Mr Drum said it had been good to hear Mr McCormack’s comments regarding advocating for irrigated land.

‘‘I want to make sure that people know that in me they will have a fighter. I have a huge challenge ahead of me,’’ Mr McCormack said after the vote.

During the proceedings on Monday, Mr Joyce officially stepped down from his role as Nationals leader and deputy prime minister.

‘‘It’s unfortunate we’ve lost Barnaby Joyce from the leadership role,’’ Mr Drum said.

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