Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram He may be only 21 years old, but Theo Zographos says his relative inexperience won’t play against him in his campaign for the seat of Oakleigh in the upcoming state election.To be honest with you, on election day I think we will win.The seat, in Melbourne’s south-east, has been held by Labor for the past 11 years, since Zographos was 10 years old. The Liberal party needs a 12.4 percent swing to steal the seat from Labor’s Ann Barker.But Zographos, who joined the Liberal Party on his 16th birthday, sees his freshness as one of the reasons people will vote for him.“To be honest with you, on election day I think we will win,” he says.“The government needs to go, the state Labour Government has failed Victoria, the sitting MP has failed the seat of Oakleigh, and what I’m saying is I’m the best person for the job.”Zographos, a former student at Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College, says he’s enjoying speaking to constituents in Greek, and says he’s getting good feedback from the large Greek Australian population in the electorate. “I’m the first Greek Australian of either party to contest the seat, so that could play as well,” he says. He dismisses his youth as an obstacle, adding that he’s known in the community as “a community servant” after running – unsuccessfully – as a candidate for local council.“I advocated for a number of issues in the community,” he says of his council campaign.“In the process, we fixed dangerous intersections, we fixed pedestrian crossings, and we lobbied the state government on level crossings,” he says. He’s anticipating a swing away from the Labor government. But will that translate to a rise in the number of people who are doing as his website suggests, and voting “Theo4Oakleigh”?“We’ve held it before, in fact we held it the last time we were in government, and we’re very serious about winning it back,” he says.Neos Kosmos is running an ongoing series of profiles on Greek Australian candidates in the upcoming Victorian state election. To see the list, as it develops, click here.
KCS-content BRITISH exports shot up by 5.4 per cent to a record value of £25.1bn in January, helping to narrow the UK’s overall trade gap to £3bn.The deficit fell from £5.5bn in December, when severe winter snow and changes in aircraft import taxes resulted in a record high deficit — £9.7bn — in visible goods. The visible goods deficit dropped to £7.1bn at the start of this year, rebounding from December’s slump, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed yesterday.“The marked improvement in the trade gap is good news for the rebalancing story, particularly with exports of goods picking up strongly which tallies with the strong performance of the manufacturing sector,” said Hetal Mehta of Daiwa Capital.“If this trend continues, it is likely that net trade will make a positive contribution to GDP growth,” she added.The official figures mirror positive results from recent business surveys. February’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) showed visible exports “registering one of the strongest expansions since data were first available in 1996,” according to Markit, which undertakes the survey.“Plus, the export orders balance in the February CBI industrial trends survey was at a 15-year high,” added Howard Archer of IHS Global Insight.A survey of British exporters by Travelex, released yesterday, showed 74 per cent were confident in current trading conditions.However, the UK’s trade surplus on services — unaffected by weather conditions or the one-off fluctuation in aircraft imports — slipped slightly in January, to £4.1bn, from £4.2bn in December. whatsapp Wednesday 9 March 2011 7:51 pm British exports bounce back Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Tags: NULL