WA Election: Tallentire retained in landslide in Thornlie

Mark McGowan and Chris Tallentire. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Mark McGowan and Chris Tallentire. Picture: Matt Jelonek

LABOR’S Chris Tallentire retained the seat of Thornlie in a comprehensive victory on Saturday night.

Mr Tallentire claimed the seat with ease, having won 65.9 per cent of the vote with 68 per cent counted.

He saw off the challenge of Liberal Rob Coales with a 14.1 per cent swing in his favour in the landslide victory.

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Mr Tallentire said he was delighted with the resounding victory.

“It’s not something you take for granted, but it’s something that is very encouraging and fills us with a great sense of excitement about what’s ahead,” he said.

He was thankful for the support he received and looked forward to serving the people of Thornlie.

“It’s a really good result and I’m just so pleased the people of the Thornlie electorate realised what a disaster our opponents have been,” he said.

This election marked the first time the seat of Thornlie had been contested since 2001, after re-distributions had seen the seat renamed Kenwick in 2005 and then Gosnells in 2008.