Balcatta MLA Hatton confident of retaining seat despite early voting indicating swing to Labor

Chris Hatton in upbeat mood early on election night. Picture: Giovanni Torre
Chris Hatton in upbeat mood early on election night. Picture: Giovanni Torre

BALCATTA MLA Chris Hatton says he has had positive feedback and is feeling confident about retaining the seat.

The Liberal member said Colin Barnett was by far the best person to lead Western Australia.

Mr Hatton said early tonight that he had worked hard as member for Balcatta over the past four years and believes that the public recognises that.

“People are not angry out there,” he said.

“The campaign run against us was very strongly union-backed campaign; we ran the best campaign we could,” he said.

Mr Hatton said no one had mentioned the One Nation deal to him as a factor on the campaign trail, but he had received “half a dozen emails” from constituents unhappy with the preference swap.

About 20 minutes after speaking to Stirling Times, figures from Balcatta showed a 12 per cent swing to Labor early – which if continued will deliver a victory to Labor with 55 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.

He said Mr Barnett was “passionate” about public service and would continue to do a good job if re-elected.