Updated December 05, 2015 22:26:57

Trent Zimmerman has won the Federal by-election in North Sydney despite an almost 14 per cent swing against the party.

“Not all of the votes have been counted however, but it’s very clear that with over 50 per cent of the ballots in that the Government is going to retain the seat of North Sydney,” Mr Zimmerman stated.

Just just before 10:00pm (AEDT), with practically 60 per cent of the ballots counted, the Liberals had received 47.five per cent of the vote ahead of Independent Stephen Ruff’s 18.7 per cent and the Greens’ 16.4 per cent.

External Hyperlink: Malcolm Turnbull congratulates Trent Zimmerman

Labor did not field a candidate for the by-election, triggered when the former treasurer Joe Hockey quit Parliament.

Mr Zimmerman is the existing acting president of the Liberal Party, and a former staffer to Mr Hockey, and won preselection for the candidacy in October a lot to the chagrin of some within the celebration who described it at the time as a “stitch-up” simply because not all branch members of North Sydney were allowed to vote.

With a 15.9 per cent margin, North Sydney is 1 of the safest federal Liberal electorates in Australia.

“There is only three occasions in the final 60 years that the Liberals haven’t won it on very first preferences,” ABC election analyst Antony Green stated.

Both occasions the Liberals lost the seat were to Ted Mack, an independent, Green added.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Celebration has denied using unauthorised posters at polling booths in the by-election.

Labor mentioned there were posters featuring Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that did not function the necessary authorisation.

But, a Liberal Party spokeswoman mentioned “all material, like the corflutes featuring the Prime Minister, are authorised in accordance with the Electoral Act”.

The fine for employing unauthorised material is $ 5,000.

Topics: government-and-politics, elections, north-sydney-2060, nsw, australia

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