Llewellyn brings Labor's seat tally to seven

FORMER Labor deputy premier David Llewellyn has completed his political comeback after he established an unassailable lead over his nearest rival in Lyons yesterday.

Mr Llewellyn cemented his lead over the Greens' Tim Morris, who bows out of politics after serving three terms, leaving the Greens with just three seats.

The win to Mr Llewellyn means Labor is now assured seven seats in the Tasmanian Parliament, with Brenton Best still an outside chance to hang on in Braddon to take their numbers to eight.

Aged 71, Mr Llewellyn becomes the oldest person to be elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in more than a century.

Human rights lawyer Madeleine Ogilvie could be third time lucky at taking a spot in state politics, after she took the lead for the fifth seat in Denison late last night.

Ms Ogilvie, who lost the last election and also missed out a second time on a recount after former premier David Bartlett resigned, was 33 votes in front of former Labor minister Julian Amos at 10pm.

The final results in Denison and Braddon will be known today before the declaration of the polls in the five electorates tomorrow and Saturday, two weeks after Tasmanians went to the polls.

Counting wrapped up in Lyons, Bass and Franklin yesterday, sealing the fate of two former Labor ministers, Brian Wightman and David O'Byrne.

Mr O'Byrne, a former union leader, said he was now contemplating his future away from politics.

"I'm having discussions with a number of people," Mr O'Byrne said.

"I hope to one day maybe return, but I have had offers from the corporate sector, from the community sector and the Labor movement.

In Braddon, Mr Best, a strong critic of many of his Labor colleagues, has not given up hope of rejoining them in the party room.

While the Liberals are more likely to pick up four seats in the North-West electorate, it will depend on the flow of preferences from Palmer United Party candidate Kevin Morgan and the Greens' Paul O'Halloran.


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