Gold Coast MP tipped to mount a challenge for LNP leadership

A Gold Coast MP could be about to have a run at the LNP leadership, after the party’s poor election result over the weekend.

Deb Frecklington’s future is on shaky ground, following the party’s third election loss in a row.

There’s speculation that Broadwater MP David Crisafulli could mount a challenge for the LNP leadership, after reportedly receiving the backing of various long term party members, business figures and incumbent MPs.


Crisafulli easily retained his safe LNP seat of Broadwater, securing 57.7 per cent of the first preference vote with 25 per cent counted. 

However, the LNP stronghold of the Gold Coast is at risk of breaking, with a number of typically ‘safe’ LNP seats still in doubt, including the Currumbin, Burleigh and Coomera.

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Newscorp reports that in a private speech on Saturday night, Mr Crisafulli said “from the ruins of tonight must come change. We can’t keep accepting the same process and accepting the same loss.”

However, when Leader Deb Frecklington delivered her concession speech, she vowed to stay on as leader of the party.

“Now, I promise that the Liberal National Party will continue to play its part in our democracy. And I will continue to play my part in the Liberal National Party and I will continue as the leader of this great party.”

“Now, the LNP is going to continue to hold the Palaszczuk government to account. We will speak up for those who have been forgotten and left behind. We’re going to fight for the families of this great state because families mean more than anything,” Ms Frecklington said.

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