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23 May 2022 Posted by 

Wins for Reid, McBride: ALP turns Coast into a sea of red

DALLAS SHERRINGHAM
DR Gordon Reid and Emma McBride produced a double win for the ALP  in Saturday’s sweeping Federal election, turning the Central Coast political map into a “sea of red”.
Dr Reid defeated the sitting Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks who held the seat for the Liberals for three terms and had a margin of 4.2% at the 2019 election.
 
The seat once again lived up to its bellwether status, having gone the way of the incoming government on seven occasions.
 
With 75% of the votes counted, Dr Reid with 53.5%, led Ms Wicks with 46.5%, a lead of 5,421 votes.
Introduced by Member for Gosford Liesl Tesch to a cheering crowd of supporters at Everglades Country Club in Woy Woy,
 
Dr Reid reiterated his campaign policies including “creating a better future for the Coast”.
 
In Dobell, Ms McBride led 56.7% to Liberal candidate Dr Michael Feneley’s 43.3% after 69.7% of votes had been counted. 
 
She notched up a further 2% swing after previously held the seat by 1.5%.
 
Ms McBride was Chief Pharmacist at Wyong Hospital prior to being elected and part of 2022 campaign was the need for a Medicare Licence be granted for the new MRI machine at the hospital.
 
The wins turned the Coast into a Labor stronghold, with State Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch  now the lone Liberal member. 
 
State Member for Wyong David Harris said it was now time for the ALP to focus on the upcoming NSW Election in March 2023.
 
“I know Emma McBride, Pat Conroy MP  in Shortland and the newly elected Dr Gordon Reid in Robertson together with Senator Deborah O'Neill  will prosecute the case for the Coast strongly.” 
 
“I also recognise outgoing Robertson MP Lucy Wicks who I have worked with over many years. Lucy should be recognised especially for the Medical Research Centre at Gosford.
 
“While we had differing priorities and approaches at times, we shared a love for making the Central Coast better.
 
Dr Reid grew up in Gosford and once campaigned for the Late Member for Peats, the highly regarded Tony Doyle.
 
Dr Reid campaigned strongly on the Central Coast being “forgotten and left behind by Scott Morrison”.
 
“As a medical doctor working out of Wyong Hospital, I watched in disappointment as Scott Morrison  bungled quarantine, causing lockdowns throughout the country. 
 
“My disappointment turned to despair when Mr. Morrison said the vaccine rollout ‘was not a race’.” 
 
“My despair turned to anger when I read stories of vaccination appointments being cancelled and vaccines being shipped away from the Central Coast.
 
“That is why I chose to dedicate my medical experience to the Central Coast; working at Gosford, Woy Woy and Wyong 
Hospitals because I want to give back to our community, the community that I love and that has given me so much.
 
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, I worked on the frontline side by side with my fellow healthcare workers in the emergency department of Wyong Hospital, to ensure our community remained protected.”
 
Dr Reid went to school at Umina Beach Public and finished his schooling at Central Coast Grammar.
 
“I know that the only way to deliver a better future for our area is to invest in our schools.” 


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