MEMBER for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson says she is interested in becoming leader of the LNP, arguing that the party need a 'fresh start'.
Ms Simpson commented on speculation she was being considered for LNP leadership since she was named as the second favourite to lead the party behind Campbell Newman before he lost his seat.
Despite Ms Simpson declaring earlier this week that she would rather be a senior minister in government than leader of the opposition, the former Speaker said she was most certainly interested in the leadership role.
"Yes I am interested," she told ABC 612 on Monday morning.
Former Treasurer Tim Nicholls, Health Minister Lawrence Springborg, and former Education Minister John Paul Langbroek are also considered contenders.
Former Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has signalled he is bowing out of the LNP deputy role.
Mr Nicholls is the most senior of the contenders but has been closely associated with the the LNP's asset sales and leasing push.
Mr Springborg is a former leader of the party and has been well regarded in his handling of the health portfolio.
Ms Simpson is highly regarded in her Sunshine Coast electorate as a hard working MP.
But her conservative views on moral issues may work against her for some, particularly for those in Liberal ranks.
Who do you want as the LNP's new leader?
This poll ended on 07 February 2015.
Former Treasurer Tim Nicholls
Former Health Minister Lawrence Springborg
Former Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek
Former Speaker Fiona Simpson
Former Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie
Former Water and Energy Minister Mark McArdle
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington
Former Transport Minister Scott Emerson
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
But Reachtel polling has shown she is the preferred leader.
"This is about where will the numbers fall and where will we have stability... Queenslanders have clearly spoken, they want a government that has the courage to fix the economy but has the care to take people with them."
Ms Simpson said the LNP had a harsh leadership style, which was "stuffed up."
"We need to do things differently and listen to people," she said.
Ms Simpson was flattered by the recent polling result.
"I've been occupying a very senior role but as speaker I haven't bean part of the current cabinet," she said.
"Yet this result shows people see me as a potential leader of the state."
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson had also endorsed Ms Simpson for the role.
He said Ms Simpson had the experience to do a good job.
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