The LNP’s preselection process to allow its preferred candidate a free ride into the safe seat of Moggill is a “huge misjudgment”, dumped MP Bruce Flegg says.
The LNP’s abuse of the preselection process to allow its preferred candidate a free ride into the safe Queensland seat of Moggill is a “huge misjudgment”, dumped MP Bruce Flegg says.
Dr Flegg said on Wednesday he believed any decision to allow former National Party candidate Christian Rowan to run in Moggill without a preselection vote would cause “major disruptions” within the party at the local level.
Dr Flegg said party members were “already disenfranchised” by the treatment he received when the executive last week unceremoniously barred him from recontesting the seat he had held for more than a decade.
Dr Flegg, who said he had not yet ruled out running for Moggill independently, said robbing LNP members of their democratic right to select their preferred candidate was “simply unacceptable”.
“It is a huge misjudgment if the executive think they can impose a former National Party candidate without any preselection on the area and that the people of Moggill will simply support them just because they wear an LNP badge,” he told AAP on Wednesday.
He said the executive has blocked a number of “worthy” members from nominating for preselection so they could push Dr Rowan through.
He called on them to immediately reopen nominations, predicting members “would not support a candidate who has arrived there by illegitimate means”.
“I think there would be very little doubt they have put this seat in jeopardy and I think the conduct has had an effect on perceptions of the party.”
Comment is being sought from Dr Rowan.