GOLD Coast politician Ros Bates has convinced branch members to let her re-contest her seat of Mudgeeraba.
The former Arts Minister won support at a meeting on Tuesday night, after earlier talking the Liberal National Party executive into giving her another shot.
It means Ms Bates (pictured courtesy of abc.net.au) will go head to head with former City Councillor turned Palmer United Party member Ted Shepherd at the State Election next year.
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She resigned as a Minister in February last year after copping criticism about alleged nepotism, her contact with lobbyists and the amount of leave she’d taken.
Today Ms Bates released a statement saying “I thank the members of the Mudgeeraba State Electorate Council for their friendship and overwhelming support of my family and me at last night’s decisive vote for my pre-selection.”
“The LNP is a democratic party and pre-selections are and should always be the right of its members to decide.”
“I will continue to work hard in my local area and I am out door-knocking as always, listening to the concerns of local residents.”