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Byelection date set for Daniel Andrews’ old seat

Daniel Andrews' last day as Victorian premier

Tens of thousands of residents in Melbourne’s outer-south-east will return to the polls to elect the local successor to former premier Daniel Andrews.

Lower house Speaker Maree Edwards is set to issue a writ for the Mulgrave byelection to be held on November 18.

It comes after Andrews quit politics in September, after almost nine years as Victorian premier. The former Labor leader had been Mulgrave MP since 2002, when the seat was re-created after being abolished in 1967.

In 2022, Mr Andrews reclaimed the seat on a 10.2 per cent two-party-preferred margin as Labor cruised to another landslide state election victory.

Dandenong mayor Eden Foster, who grew up within the electorate’s suburbs of Noble Park and Springvale, has been mooted as Labor’s potential pick for preselection.

It will be the second Victorian state byelection this year after the Liberals retained the seat of Warrandyte in Melbourne’s north-east following the retirement of veteran MP Ryan Smith.

Labor did not contest the Warrandyte byelection.

– AAP

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