Labor claims victory in North Melbourne

Labor has retained its North Melbourne seats in the federal electorates of Calwell and Scullin.

In Calwell, Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou managed to retain the seat, preparing to serve her eighth term.

With 66.7 percent of the votes already counted, Ms. Vamvakinou leads with 15,777 votes.

It has received just over 30,000 votes (44.9%) so far.

The Liberal Party has won 7.5 percent in its favor, but the candidate, Tim Staker-Gunn, is still lagging behind.

In a Facebook post on Sunday May 22, Ms. Vamvakinou thanked the electorate for her victory.

“Thank you to the people of Calwell for your support. A federal Labor government will serve the interests of my wonderful constituency. Forward and upward,” she wrote.

Scullin member Andrew Giles has also been re-elected in what is a very safe Labor seat with 66.9 per cent of the vote already counted.

Mr. Giles currently leads by 16,219 votes and has 46.2 percent of the first preference vote.

Liberal candidate Virosh Perera has obtained 14,835 votes so far (21.6 percent).

However, Labor suffered a 5.8 per cent swing to the Liberals, but Giles managed to secure another term.

He took to Facebook to thank his followers for this “great privilege.”

“My thanks to the people of the Scullin electorate, for trusting me again, I will not let you down,” he wrote.

“I will do my best to work with and support the needs of all voters, including those who did not vote for me.”

The seat has had just four members in the six decades since its inception, all representing the Labor Party.

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