There are several worthy candidates who could replace the Queensland premier but the LNP state president says they won’t be needed any time soon.
LNP President Bruce McIver says there are several worthy candidates who could succeed Campbell Newman as Queensland premier.
But he insists voters will re-elect Mr Newman in his Brisbane seat of Ashgrove, despite recent polls showing he could lose it to Labor’s Kate Jones.
“There’s a number of worthy successors but that’s not my call,” Mr McIver told Fairfax Radio on Monday, without naming names.
“That’s the call of the party room at the time.”
Mr McIver said he believed Mr Newman enjoyed strong support in Ashgrove.
“Campbell Newman’s our premier and he’ll be there for a long time,” he said.
Mr Newman won Ashgrove from Ms Jones at the 2012 state election and holds it with a margin of 5.7 per cent.
Ms Jones recently announced she’ll seek Labor pre-selection to try and win it back.
A ReachTEL poll, taken a week ago and commissioned by Seven News, showed primary support for Ms Jones has edged up to 52.2 per cent – meaning Mr Newman would likely lose the seat.
On the weekend, Mr Newman ruled out a strategic manoeuvre to run at next year’s election in the safer seat of Moggill, which neighbours Ashgrove.
Long-serving Moggill MP Dr Bruce Flegg was on Friday barred by LNP executives from recontesting the seat he has held for a decade.
Dr Flegg claims the decision was the result of behind-the-scenes factional warfare, with key figures devising a leadership succession plan should Mr Newman lose in Ashgrove.