LNP leadership meeting to wait for counting to finish

Jeff Seeney

DEPUTY Premier Jeff Seeney jumped the gun in announcing the LNP would hold a meeting to determine its leadership hours before outgoing Premier Campbell Newman cancelled it.

Mr Seeney told media on Monday morning that as the senior LNP parliamentary representative, he would call a meeting at 10.30am today for elected LNP members to choose their leadership team.

Hours later, the meeting was cancelled with Mr Newman tweeting: "The @LNPQLD party room will be held when the outcome in seats still undecided is clear".


A spokesman for Mr Newman said the party wanted a clear result from seats still in doubt before deciding on leadership.

Mr Seeney also said he would step down from the deputy leader position to give the party a "fresh start".

He said neither of the major parties was going to be able to govern in their own right.

"So there will be a period of negotiation around how a government might be formed and who will constitute that government," Mr Seeney said.

"And it is important that a new leadership team be put in place to lead those negotiations on behalf of the LNP."

But it seems the party changed its approach by Monday afternoon, with no set schedule of when the meeting might take place.

Queensland Speaker Fiona Simpson, who comfortably retained her Maroochydore seat, has shown interest in the leadership position.

ReachTel polls have shown Ms Simpson was more popular in the premier position than Tim Nicholls, Lawrence Springborg and Mr Seeney would be.

When asked who he would like in the leadership position, Mr Seeney said there were a number of people with "a wealth of talent and experience" but named Mr Nicholls and Mr Springborg as a "wonderful" partnership.

"I have in the past found that leadership contests are very divisive and if we can avoid that in this particular situation that would be a great outcome," he said.

Online bookmaker Sportsbet says Mr Springborg is the favourite to take over as party leader. Mr Nicholls is second favourite and Scott Emerson is third.


Topics:  campbell newman leadership lnp politics queensland election 2015

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