Shock: Gerry Brownlee loses seat to Labour's Sarah Pallett
In a shock result last night, Labour's candidate for Ilam, Sarah Pallett, beat out the long-serving MP and current National Party deputy leader Gerry Brownlee in what was thought to be a safe blue seat. Ms Pallett won the seat by 2,200 votes. Gerry Brownlee has held the seat since it was created in 1996. He says there's been a clear groundswell of support for Labour right across the country.