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Former Summernats promoter Chic Henry joins ACT Liberal Party ahead of 2016 seat bid

'MORAL SUPPORT': Former Summernats promoter Chic Henry has signed up to the ACT Liberal Party.

'MORAL SUPPORT': Former Summernats promoter Chic Henry has signed up to the ACT Liberal Party. Photo: Graham Tidy

Summernats legend Chic Henry has joined the ACT Liberal Party and has his sights set on a seat in the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2016.

The former Australian Motorist Party candidate has signed up to the party that gave him ''moral support'' in his 2012 campaign for a seat in the electorate of Ginninderra.

The Canberra Liberals used Mr Henry's bid for a seat on the crossbench to boost their chances of forming a minority government.

But the former car festival promoter missed out on the fifth seat in the northern electorate, which was claimed by Labor's Yvette Berry, now a contender for the role of sixth minister in the ACT government.

Mr Henry resigned from the Australian Motorist Party in August and confirmed on Tuesday he had joined the Canberra Liberals at the end of 2013.

Mr Henry, who for 20 years was the face of Canberra's car festival, said: ''It's only right that I participate with those people who sought to give me moral support last time.

''I like to think the knowledge I've acquired over the years, my enthusiasm, my willingness to participate in things in the ACT to make Canberra a better place, is of value.

''Because I was disappointed I didn't get a chance to contribute the last time.

''If they choose to use my knowledge and enthusiasm, that would be great.''

But Mr Henry said he was just ''listening and watching'' for the moment and was ''more interested in being part of a working party and helping build that party into a position of strength''.

''I'd love very much to work with the Young Liberals because I'd very much like to pass over my knowledge and experience,'' he said.

''When the time comes and the party says, 'Chic, we want you to put your hand up', that's when I'll think about it.''

Mr Henry said the local branch of the Liberal Party needed to organise its internal affairs, after a year that included controversies over its finances. ''Once we do that I think we will be a party of some consequence,'' he said.

The motoring enthusiast said his former party had suffered at the polls because of a failure, as a small party, to cut through with its message.

In resigning from the AMP, Mr Henry said in a statement: ''… if we were to ever do any good at all, it would have been a successful effort if more people had actually assisted us to spread the word''.

Mr Henry follows in the footsteps of Tharwa business owner Val Jeffery, who stood unsuccessfully for the Community Alliance Party in 2008 before running as a Liberal in Brindabella in 2012.

10 comments

  • Henry is yet another closet Liberal who stood as a member of the Motorists' Party at the last election. Finally he has come out of the closet. I'm amused by the continual denigration of the Labor/Greens agreement in the Assembly when the Libs would happily take on anyone to gain power. We need some talent in the Assembly and no offence but I don't think we're going to find it with Mr Henry. Maybe we could have a wet T shirt policy in the Assembly.

    Commenter
    Closet Liberals
    Date and time
    January 22, 2014, 8:56AM
    • So Closet, how is Chick Henry any worse than the clowns we already have masquerading as "politicians"?

      Commenter
      Sharron
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      January 22, 2014, 9:38AM
  • The ACT Liberal Party needs re-modelling along with some innovative ideas, it's a bit stuffy at the moment. And just maybe we will get a new drag strip!

    Good luck Mr Henry!

    Commenter
    Sharron
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    January 22, 2014, 9:41AM
    • The Libs need to rid themselves of their dead wood, ie: Brendan Smyth, 20 years living off the public purse and he has done what, I repeat done what, oh thats right he do the Canberra International Dragway to death.
      All I can think is he has a lot of relations in his electorate.

      Commenter
      NITRO GANGSTER
      Date and time
      January 22, 2014, 1:45PM
    • Yes, 20 years living off the tax payers, it's time to go Brendan. Brendan Smyth is just too stale and stuck in a rut to do anything for the ACT.

      Commenter
      Sharron
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      January 22, 2014, 5:42PM
  • Mr Henry, the ACT Liberal party still very dysfunctional, what are you going to do about it?

    Commenter
    Robilant
    Date and time
    January 22, 2014, 9:42AM
    • It's a shame we live in 'Labor Territory'. Maybe one day!!!

      Commenter
      Deutsch
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      January 22, 2014, 12:40PM
      • No one is stopping you from leaving.

        Commenter
        Joe
        Date and time
        January 22, 2014, 5:18PM
      • What's the shame? What is wrong with a Labor government in this town? I haven't forgotten the mess of the last Canberra Liberal government left in this town. Maybe the Canberra Liberals would have a chance if they had a bit of direction and policy vision over the last 4 elections. Sadly, Zed was lazy and Jeremy Hanson is all over the place, can't make a decision on anything.
        Anyway, if the Libs do get to win the next election, Chic becomes tourism minister. It was promised to him at the last election should the Libs win government.

        Commenter
        Karen.
        Date and time
        January 22, 2014, 7:42PM
      • Joe - I love Canberra. Politics/politicians would never be an excuse to leave this city.... but it would be good to see a change.

        Commenter
        Deutsch
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        January 23, 2014, 9:36AM
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