Josh Frydenberg FINALLY concedes defeat and is no longer in parliament: ‘It’s a tough time for him’
- Treasurer Josh Frydenberg dumped from Kooyong after 12 years as the member
- The 50-year-old said he’s looking forward to spending more time with his family
- He will likely consider pursing a political career again in the near future
Former treasurer Josh Frydenberg has conceded the seat of Kooyong following Saturday’s election.
Independent candidate Monique Ryan will now be the next MP for the Melbourne-based electorate.
In a statement, Mr Frydenberg said he had called Dr Ryan to concede the election.
‘Today I rang Dr Monique Ryan to congratulate her on the election result in Kooyong and wished her well for the term ahead,’ he said.
Josh Frydenberg is greeted by a constituent at the Hawthorn Velodrome Patterson Reserve in Melbourne on Sunday after suffering a swing in excess of 10 per cent and losing Kooyong to an independent
Josh Frydenberg announced on Monday morning he had been defeated in Kooyong (pictured meeting with locals in his electorate)
‘It’s been an incredible privilege to have served as the local member for the last 12 years.’
The former treasurer was one of many high-profile Liberals to lose their safe, blue-ribbon seats to the so-called teal independent candidates.
Mr Frydenberg said he had given his job as an MP his all.
‘Inspired by the wonderful local people I have met, among them those who volunteer in our charities and sporting clubs and work in our small businesses and schools,’ he said.
‘We have achieved so much together. It is their contribution that makes our community great.’
Mr Frydenberg said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family.
Josh Frydenberg (pictured with wife Amie) has been the MP for Kooyong for 12 years