And the Winner is . . .

Game, set & match: ALEXANDER

JOHN ALEXANDER defied all the odds and was decisively returned as the Liberal Member for Bennelong at last Saturday’s fiercely fought by-election.
Pre-poll pundits had predicted a knife edge contest with Labor’s star candidate former NSW premier Kristina Keneally but the end result was nearly a ten percent margin to Alexander.
Possibly the most relieved person with the result was Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hoping the win will take pressure off his tenuous hold on the top job with rumblings in the government ranks over his leadership.
An exultant Prime Minister Turnbull is pictured left basking in the glory at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club auditorium Saturday night proclaiming John Alexander the winner and Liberal Party hero.

JA Triumphant!

John Alexander was hailed a hero by his supporters, workers and the faithful at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club auditorium Saturday night as the results of Saturday’s by-election came in.

The packed auditorium burst into euphoria as John Alexander arrived with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who declared JA the winner and a Liberal Party hero.

JA recorded under a five per cent swing against him which was considered good as government candidates are usually penalised at by-elections and in the face of the high profile star Labor candidate former NSW premier Kristina Keneally.

PICTURED ABOVE a packed Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club auditorium erupts in acclamation as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declares John Alexander the winner.

PICTURED BELOW: John Alexander with partner Debbie and Ryde Liberal Councillor Jordan Lane celebrate. TWT on-the-spot PHOTOS.