WA Libs win by-election in Labor smackdown

Labor is hopes Tania Lawrence will win the Darling Range by-election despite some party problems

The Liberals have won back the West Australian state seat of Darling Range in a massive smackdown to the McGowan government, 15 months after Labor swept to power in a landslide victory.

Alyssa Hayden, a two-term Barnett government upper house MP, had secured 54.48 per cent of the vote on a two-party preferred basis when counting was 61.88 per cent complete, compared to 45.52 per cent for Labor candidate Tania Lawrence, a former Woodside manager.

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Labor-turned-independent MP Barry Urban, who resigned after colossal lies were uncovered about his background, including wearing a police medal for investigating war crimes in Bosnia that he wasn't entitled to.