Qld’s former arts minister Ros Bates has won the right to recontest her seat for the LNP.
Queensland’s former arts minister Ros Bates has convinced branch members to let her recontest her seat of Mudgeeraba.
Ms Bates won local branch support at a meeting on Tuesday night, after earlier talking the Liberal National Party executive into giving her another shot.
The former arts minister was one of three LNP MPs recently called before the executive to argue why they should be pre-selected to run again in their seats.
Ms Bates resigned as minister in February last year after criticism about alleged nepotism, her contact with lobbyists and the amount of leave she had taken.
Another of the three, Redlands MP Peter Dowling, will learn his fate at a local branch meeting later this week.
Mr Dowling also won the executive’s backing despite being infamously caught up in a sexting scandal in which he sent his mistress a picture of his penis in a glass of red wine.
The fate of the third MP, Moggill MP Bruce Flegg, remains uncertain.
The LNP executive banned him from recontesting the seat he’s held for a decade.
But at a local branch meeting on Monday night, members refused to endorse former Australian Medical Association Queensland president Christian Rowan, who was the sole candidate put up for approval.
Nominations for the seat have now been reopened, with both Dr Flegg and Dr Rowan saying they’ll try again to win the support they need to run.
Political analyst Professor Geoff Cockfield, of the University of Southern Queensland, says the executive still wants to see the back of Dr Flegg, but branch members could reject Dr Rowan again.
“They’re stuck in a loop, the LNP is in a serious bind here,” he told AAP.
“I can’t see how this will end, it’s effectively a stand-off.”