‘‘That’s democracy,’’ says Luxton

Jo Luxton and supporters on election night.
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Labour’s Jo Luxton is philosophical after her defeat in Saturday night’s election.

After serving three years as the MP for Rangitata, the 50-year-old who lives in Ashburton said she was proud of the work her party had done in that time.

‘‘Obviously it’s disappointing, but that’s democracy,’’ she said.

The Minister of Customs, Associate Minister of Education and Associate Minister of Agriculture is likely to return to Parliament as a List MP, to be confirmed when all votes are counted by November 3.

Luxton said she was looking forward to the next three years, helping her party fulfil the role of the Opposition in holding the Government to account.

‘‘It will be learning how to do it differently from an Opposition perspective. I’m looking forward to that challenge and what it brings.’’

She was sad to be losing so many of her colleagues, who would not be returning to Parliament after Labour’s huge defeat.

‘‘But’s that’s politics, that’s just how it works,’’ she said.