Ross back in Botany

Jami-Lee Ross (right) celebrating with wife Lucy Schwaner. Times photo Garry Brandon

Jami-Lee Ross says he feels a bit like ‘mother hen’ during his first week back in parliament.

The Botany MP has been re-elected by a landslide, winning 18,856 votes compared to Labour’s Tofik Mamedov who came a distant second with 7071 votes.

As senior whip for the National Party, Ross is in charge of keeping the new MPs in line and showing them the ropes.

Despite the final election results yet to be released and coalition yet to be decided, Ross says there’s a “good feeling around parliament”

He says around a quarter of parliament is new and all the new additions are “happy and excited to be there” after an election campaign which he described as a rollercoaster.

Ross says he’s “incredibly grateful” to be re-elected and remains thankful to his supporters and the people of Botany.

In a post on his Facebook page he said: “I am so thankful for the hundreds of signage volunteers, door knockers, flyer deliverers, scrutineers, donors and members that we had this year as part of our team. You are all awesome.”

Ross will be kept busy over the next couple of weeks helping National’s 11 new MPs settle into parliamentary life before he’s back to business as usual for the people of Botany.