SUNSHINE Coast MP Fiona Simpson fell short yesterday in her attempt to replace fallen LNP leader Campbell Newman, as her party turned to a pair of familiar faces to lead it back from its election disaster.
Ms Simpson, the Member for Maroochydore and outgoing Speaker, was the first LNP member to put her hand up for party leadership after Mr Newman lost his seat to Labor's Kate Jones.
But the party elected to give Lawrence Springborg a third go at leadership and made former leader John-Paul Langbroek his deputy at a two-hour meeting in Brisbane.
The 42 LNP MPs casting partyroom votes passed over Ms Simpson, Scott Emerson, and Tim Mander and John McVeigh, who were rumoured to have joined together on a unity ticket.
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Mr Springborg said he and Mr Langbroek had been chosen for their experience and the trust their fellow MPs had in them.
"What we need in these particular times is experience and competence," he said.
Ms Simpson had said before the election she would rather be a minister in government than an opposition leader, but signalled her desire for leadership after Mr Newman was shown the door by voters.
"I can lead with courage and care," she said.
The Daily attempted to contact Ms Simpson yesterday afternoon without success.
Mr Springborg said he understood the people of Queensland wanted the LNP to be more empathetic.
He believed the party had lost contact by not empathising with Queenslanders in a way they understood.
Mr Springborg appeared to be mirroring Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk's softer approach, after she revived the annihilated ALP party with her own "stability" catchcry.
He refused to condemn Mr Newman's leadership style, saying only that people could relate more to the way he ran things.
Mr Springborg's belief has already proven correct, with the two Katter's Australian Party members, Dalrymple MP Shane Knuth and Mt Isa MP Rob Katter, already acknowledging their preference to deal with the new leadership.
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