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Adrian Dix wins BC NDP leadership

Vancouver-Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix has won the leadership of the B.C. New Democratic Party.

"It's time to get down to work and defeat the BC Liberals," Dix said in his acceptance speech. He thanked his competitors and attacked Premier Christy Clark's record, pointing out she closed 120 schools as education minister.

Dix received 9,772 votes to Mike Farnworth's 9,095.

It took three rounds of voting for Dix, who led after the first ballot, to win over Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth, Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan and pro-marijuana activist Dana Larsen.

"We are not going to win the next election by sidling up to the Liberal Party and just showing up," Dix said earlier in his speech to the convention. He argued, as he had on the campaign trail, that a clear, strong platform will motivate likely NDP supporters to vote.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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