Bruce McIver: Man who brought LNP together resigns
BRUCE McIver has announced his intention to resign as LNP President from the 25th of this month after a decade in leadership positions.
Mr McIver was the inaugural President of the LNP and was a driving force behind the merger of the former Queensland Liberals and Nationals.
He was President of the Queensland Nationals prior to being appointed to the position with the LNP in 2008.
"After ten years of dedicated commitment in leadership positions, the time is right for me
to step aside," Mr McIver said in a statement.
"Following a very successful July Convention, the LNP is now in a transition phase preparing for the next federal campaign.
"A decade in politics will always produce highs and lows, but I have been proud to be part of the emergence of genuine force that offers a real alternative for all Queenslanders," Mr McIver said.
"The LNP holds office at local government level in Brisbane and Federally under the Coalition Government. In Queensland, we are just a couple of seats from forming government.
"The LNP is a party that is driven by its grassroots members and I thank the many thousands who support me in my role and contribute to our policy ideas and culture and our success.
"There are many people for me to thank for their support and guidance over my time as LNP President and I will do so personally in coming weeks.
"I intend to take up Board positions in the corporate world but will continue to do whatever I can to support all Queenslanders."
LNP Vice-President Gary Spence said Bruce McIver's contribution as President will leave a lasting positive legacy.
"Bruce has always put the members first to ensure that the LNP is a truly democratic party where every member's voice is equal," Mr Spence said.
"His dedication and commitment as LNP President has been an inspiration to all who've worked with him and he will leave the position with the party in a very strong position."
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Mr McIver has been a great servant to the conservative side of politics.
"Bruce helped to create a strong and united LNP out of a fractious coalition.," Mr Abbott said.
"He's revitalised the party organisation and has left it on a very secure financial footing. "I've personally appreciated his friendship and encouragement.
"He leaves big shoes to fill but I'm very proud of the work he has done over the last decade as President, first of the National Party in Queensland and then of the LNP," Mr Abbott said.
State LNP Leader Lawrence Springborg paid tribute to Mr McIver's "dedication, drive and determination" that helped bring about the formation of the LNP in Queensland.
"He knew the value of empowering branch members in that decision making process; and he knew how important Queenslanders everywhere view strong, stable and united government. Without a question, Bruce has been instrumental in modernising non-Labor politics in this state"
Mr Springborg also gave thanks and paid tribute to Mr McIver's wife, Chris McIver.
"While it is a volunteer position, being President of the LNP is a fulltime commitment that could not have been so successfully undertaken without the support of Chris. I know I speak for all LNP members when I thank her for that", Mr Springborg said.
The LNP will follow procedures set down in the party's Constitution to select a new President.