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Labor leader has strong local ties in battle for Upper Hunter | The Land

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The NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay was in Dungog this week listening to local grievances over the lack of funds to fix roads, and there’s a fair chance she knew many in the crowd.

As the May 22 by-election campaign heats up for the seat of Upper Hunter, Labor has a spring in its step in the hope of toppling The Nationals, as Ms McKay is a born and bred local, growing up in Gloucester.

The Nationals hold the seat – critical to the Berejkilian Government’s hold on majority power – by just a 2.6 per cent margin.

Ms McKay did all her schooling there and her family is well-known in the district, her dad worked in the dairy industry and later was involved in AI innovation.

She once said on the announcement of her election as Labor leader, that “I…



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