Steph deputy leader

Member realises party needs to change with demographic

THE newly elected deputy leader of the Victorian National Party describes herself as someone who has always thrown herself in at the deep end.

Steph Ryan made history by becoming the youngest woman to represent the party in the Victorian Parliament when she was elected as the member for the new seat of Euroa.

After telling her father the news about the deputy leadership, the former dairy farmer replied he wasn’t surprised and recounted a story from her childhood.

“When I was a toddler I was standing on the bench and Dad was standing about a metre and a half away from me when suddenly I launched myself at him,” Ms Ryan said.

“I had no fear he wouldn’t catch me and just went for it, I suppose I haven’t changed much.”

Just days into her new career, the deputy leader can already see that her party needs to make some changes to regain traction with voters.

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