Barnaby Joyce Is Set To Return As Deputy Prime Minister After A Landslide Victory In New England

    "We're getting the band back together," prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

    Barnaby Joyce is set to return to his role as deputy prime minister thanks to a landslide victory last night in a by-election triggered by the dual citizenship saga which revealed him as a New Zealand citizen.

    Joyce said last night he was "utterly humbled" after securing more than 60% of the vote.

    "I say to the people of New England, that I never take anything for granted, and for every person who voted for us and voted for us for the first time, I just want to say how completely and utterly humbled I am."

    Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull claimed Joyce's win was the biggest by-election swing to a sitting government in Australian federal political history.

    "We're getting the band back together," Turnbull told Sky News on Sunday morning.

    "This is a very very big result."

    He shrugged off questions about how Joyce's return would affect fractures within the coalition as members — namely George Christensen — have allegedly called for the prime minister's resignation.

    Turnbull said the result was a "big vote of confidence in the government".