Seeney and McVeigh confirm tilt at Federal politics

Callide MP Jeff Seeney.
Callide MP Jeff Seeney. Contributed

TWO Queensland MPs are looking to make the jump to Canberra.

Callide MP Jeff Seeney and Toowoomba South MP John McVeigh have confirmed they will seek pre-selection to move into Federal politics.

Mr Seeney, a former deputy premier, is seeking to replace outgoing former deputy prime minister Warren Truss in Wide Bay.

Mr McVeigh is looking to replace former infrastructure minister Ian Macfarlane in Groom.

Toowoomba South MP John McVeigh.
Toowoomba South MP John McVeigh. Bev Lacey

If either is pre-selected they will have to resign their safe LNP state seats, forcing a by-election.

In a statement Mr Seeney confirmed he would not be commenting on the process until he had either won or lost pre-selection.

"I can formally advise you that I will be seeking the LNP nomination for the division of Wide Bay at the upcoming Federal election following the party's call for nominations earlier today," he said.

"In keeping with the LNP constitution as a candidate seeking endorsement I will be unable to make any further comment about my candidacy until after the pre-selection process is completed."

Similarly Mr McVeigh said he would be seeking to follow in his father's footsteps in representing Groom.

"Now that the LNP has opened nominations today I can confirm that following discussions with local LNP party representatives, colleagues and my family, that I will be seeking LNP pre-selection for the Federal seat of Groom," he said.

Mr McVeigh's father Tom McVeigh represented Groom for 12 years. - APN NEWSDESK

Topics:  editors picks groom jeff seeney john mcveigh politics wide bay

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