Ousted Best backs Giddings as leader

OUTGOING premier Lara Giddings has won support for her bid to stay on as leader of the party from an unlikely source in ousted Labor backbencher Brenton Best.

Mr Best, who publicly called for Ms Giddings to step down as premier in the lead-up to the election and repeatedly criticised her leadership style, yesterday said she was the best choice for opposition leader in the short term. 

``My preference would be that it was just left as it is, an interim arrangement with who's there now until others are ready,'' Mr Best said. 

Mr Best made the comments after results were finalised in his electorate of Braddon and the southern electorate of Denison. 

The Liberals claimed four seats in Braddon taking their numbers to 15 in Parliament. 

It is the first time a party has won four seats in one electorate since the Parliament was reduced to 25 seats in 1998.

Unlock Tasmania founder Joan Rylah and Cradle Coast chief executive Roger Jaensch join incumbents Jeremy Rockliff and Adam Brooks. 

Incoming premier Will Hodgman met with business leaders in Devonport yesterday. 

Mr Hodgman said it was clear Braddon voters wanted change. 

The Liberal landslide has ended the 18-year parliamentary career of Brenton Best.

Despite the loss, Mr Best said he had no regrets about airing his grievances with Ms Giddings' leadership publicly.

He urged the remaining members of the Labor caucus not to rush into any decisions about the leadership and to focus on building a strategy to return to traditional Labor values.

``Everything needs to be calmed right down,'' Mr Best said. 

He called for the party to be more inclusive and consultative. 

In Denison, lawyer Madeleine Ogilvie edged out fellow Labor candidate Julian Amos to complete Labor's line-up.

The Greens will have three seats with Kim Booth hanging on in Bass.

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