Queensland’s Liberal National Party (LNP) deputy leader Tim Mander says he will not contest the leadership or deputy leadership again, following the party’s election loss at the weekend.
Outgoing Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington announced she would step aside yesterday after the LNP lost up to four seats.
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A party room meeting will be convened after the final vote is tallied and a new leader will be appointed.
In a statement, Mr Mander said he wishes the new leadership team all the very best.
“It has been a tremendous honour to serve as Deb Frecklington’s Deputy Leader over the last three years,” he said.
“I won’t be putting my hand up as a contender in the leadership contest when the LNP party room meeting is convened.
“I will not contest the deputy leadership either.”
Mr Mander said he thanked people for reaching out to him over the last few days with support and encouragement.
“Now is the time for stability and unity and I will serve in any capacity asked of me,” he said.
“I want to thank my family for their unwavering support and the people of Everton for putting their faith in me for another four years.”
Crisafulli tipped as contender
Before Mr Mander’s announcement, the leadership contest was expected to be a tussle between him and Member for Broadwater David Crisafulli.
Although he hasn’t confirmed his leadership bid, Mr Crisafulli is widely tipped to be a top contender when the party room convenes following the confirmation of seats.
Other MPs likely to bid for a leadership position include Burdekin MP Dale Last and Toowoomba South MP David Janetzki.
Several LNP Members have told the ABC today that no one had officially put their hand up for the leadership, with the focus on the finalisation of vote counting.
The vote is more than 70 per cent counted and of the six seats still in doubt, all were held by the LNP.
Warrego MP Ann Leahy said the party would regroup after the final count.
“We’re a bit like a footy team,” she said.
“We’ve run back off the field, we’ve just come off and we’re trying to work out with the video referee who got the tries and who didn’t.”