Deb Frecklington stands aside as LNP leader after election defeat

Deb Frecklington has announced she will stand aside as leader of the opposition, following the weekend’s election result.

Despite announcing that she would stay on as leader during her concession speech on Saturday night, she’s now said that a day with her family has changed her mind.

My first instinct is always to fight on. Since then, I’ve had a great day with my family, my husband, Jason, and reflect on my future,” Ms Frecklington announced this morning.


“Once all of the results are finally declared, I will convene a party room meeting and I will ask my colleagues to appoint a new leader of the Liberal National Party.

“I will not be a candidate in the leadership contest,” she said.

It comes as reports swirl that a Gold Coast MP may be mounting a leadership challenge.

Various members are believed to have privately thrown support behind David Crisafulli on Saturday night.

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Ms Frecklington has not publicly thrown her support behind anyone to succeed her, not even LNP deputy leader Tim Mander.

Whoever the new leader of the LNP is will have my full support and my full loyalty. I will assist them in any way possible to help this party move forward,” she said.

Ms Frecklington also apologised for her party’s performance at the 2020 state election, saying that Covid has created a very difficult year for politics.

“I am sorry that despite all of that support we have had we were unable to win this election. I am the leader and I do take responsibility for the election loss. 

“It was a difficult year for the Opposition. It was a difficult election for the Opposition at the start of 2020, the LNP was in a very strong prospect of winning this election. 

“There is no doubt that COVID has had a huge impact on Queensland politics,” Ms Frecklington said. 

Ms Frecklington will wait to hear from the electoral commission about the final seats, before convening a party meeting to appoint a new leader.

It’s understood she will stay on to serve the party in whatever way necessary.