Preferences in action as Christian Democratic Party candidate speaks against major parties

PREFERENCE MADE: Christian Democrat Philip Langfield (left) has cut a preference deal with the Shooters ahead of the Cootamundra by-election.
PREFERENCE MADE: Christian Democrat Philip Langfield (left) has cut a preference deal with the Shooters ahead of the Cootamundra by-election.

The Christian Democratic Party has aligned itself with the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers after Cootamundra candidate Philip Langfield declared major parties were "neglecting" rural Australia.

The minor conservative group has been a silent figure in an otherwise boisterous by-election campaign trail but Mr Langfield told the Herald his party continued to represent a key voter base and would preference the Shooters come Saturday's poll.

"The major political parties have neglected rural communities and that's why we'll be supporting the Shooters," he said.

"I'll admit we've been pretty quiet but we're a stable and significant part of Australian politics that represents a section of the community out in Cootamundra."

The Cowra resident made apologies for the candidates forum in Cootamundra but said party faithfuls would continue "flying the flag for Australian family values" ahead of October 14. 

“We have people across the region promoting our cause and our beliefs,” he said.

Mr Langfield, who has previously ran in state and federal elections for the CDP and Fred Nile Groups, has pitched railway development and road improvements as his major electoral concerns.

“We need more money in the bush, not redeveloping things like stadiums in Sydney,” he said. 

The CDP’s open support for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers marks the first open alliance in the Cootamundra by-election with a number of major parties running “Vote One” campaigns across the region.