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Jetsetting Britza has wings clipped in Morley

Morley MP Ian Britza is one of the Libs to lose his seat.
Morley MP Ian Britza is one of the Libs to lose his seat.Picture: Danella Bevis, The West Australian

Jetsetting Liberal backbencher Ian Britza has had his wings permanently clipped after his marginal seat of Morley was one of the first to fall last night.

Labor’s Amber-Jade Sanderson was cruising to victory, with the count as of 9.15pm last night showing her claiming the seat without needing preferences.

She has successfully made the shift from the upper house to the lower house.

Mr Britza had held Morley with a 4.7 per cent margin but suffered a swing against him of about 17 per cent.

Colin Barnett concedes defeat.

Ms Sanderson won the seat with almost 63 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.

Mr Britza was a surprise victor in Morley in 2008, snatching the seat by just 40 votes after former Police Minister John D’Orazio ran as an independent and directed preferences against his old party.

But he came under fire after travelling three times at taxpayers’ expense to Texas, where his wife has family.

In 2015 he was given red carpet treatment during a trip to India, revealing that “There were a couple of times when these men knelt down and touched my feet”.

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