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Alone Again - Pete Dunne's A One Man Band

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Peter Dunne
Peter Dunne

Wellington, Nov 9 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne will once again be his party's lone voice in Parliament after it slumped to 0.9 percent support last night.

The long-serving MP retained his Ohariu Valley electorate seat and was returned to Parliament for a ninth term, albeit with reduced support.

That was something Mr Dunne said was a message from the electorate which he would take on board.

United Future shot from obscurity to secure eight seats in the 2002 election and in 2005 three were returned.

However, last night's result leaves Mr Dunne's number two, Judy Turner, looking for a new job.

Mr Dunne said the result was "disappointing" and he commiserated with Mrs Turner.

"(But) our time will come again," he said.

"And the prospect of working with a new government adds a lot of spice to that, I guess."

It would be "difficult" returning to being United's lone MP "but we'll just have to make it work".

About 50 United Future supporters had gathered in Wellington to watch the result -- a party Mr Dunne showed up to much later than he had expected to because "I wanted to make sure I still have a job. I think I have".

The mood of the gathering was low key from the start, and even the smattering of balloons which appeared half-way through failed to spark it up.

Several key party figures openly voiced doubt Mrs Turner would be returned long before the result was known.

Mr Dunne last night reiterated his support for victorious National Party leader John Key.

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