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Seeney quits senior LNP position, calls for ‘new faces’

By Mark Beale

DEPUTY Premier Jeff Seeney has stood down from his senior position in the LNP and has called a meeting for tomorrow for all elected LNP members to decide on a new leadership team.

Speaking to media this morning, Mr Seeney said he would call the meeting for 10.30am Tuesday.

“The premier has lost his seat and I will not be recontesting any of those positions, I will not be accepting any nominations for any of those positions,” he said.

“I think it is important that no matter what the outcome of the counting that is going on over the next couple of days, I think it is important that there is a new leadership team in place to take the LNP forward,” he said.

Mr Seeney said it was up to the party to elect is new leaders but said Tim Nicholls and Lawrence Springborg were experienced and would make good leaders.

Seeney to ‘fall on his sword’ as LNP hunts for leader

SENIOR LNP figures have met to thrash out a “seamless” leadership transition, with Tim Nicholls tipped as the favoured successor to Campbell Newman, with Jeff Seeney expected to “fall on his sword”.

But well-placed LNP sources were reluctant to name the new party leader, with Scott Emerson and John-Paul Langbroek still considered as alternatives.

But deputy LNP leader Jeff Seeney is expected to resign from his position on Monday to allow the leadership transition to take place without in-fighting or subjecting the party room to a “damaging” leadership contest.

“It’s about moving forward now,” one senior LNP MP said.

“The deal has been done, and [Mr] Seeney will fall on his sword.  He had no other choice and its best for the party.”

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