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Barnaby pops the question: Deputy PM to marry after federal poll

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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is set to marry partner Vikki Campion after the federal election due by May.

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Joyce popped the question to Ms Campion, and received a positive response, at a restaurant in Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast last weekend.

“(She) went to the bathroom and I told the guys at the restaurant, ‘I’m going to propose and if this works out well, it’s going to be real nice’,” he told Seven’s Sunrise program on Tuesday.

“‘If it doesn’t, I will join you at the bar for about a day.’”

The couple have two children, Sebastian and Thomas.

The 54-year-old Nationals leader went to the backbench in 2018 after the Daily Telegraph broke the story about his affair with former staffer Campion, which led to the end of his 24-year marriage to wife Natalie.

He took back the party leadership in June 2021, ousting Michael McCormack.

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