Queensland LNP spill: Who are Tim Nicholls and Deb Frecklington?

The Liberal National Party has a new face in Queensland.

Former Newman government treasurer Tim Nicholls has been elected as leader of the party, replacing Lawrence Springborg.

Second-term MP Deb Frecklington was elected unopposed as deputy, the first woman to rise to that position in the LNP.

Learn more about the new Opposition leadership team here:

Tim Nicholls

Tim Nicholls   Mr Nicholls pushed for asset sales under the Newman government, however pundits say he can overcome the handicap. (AAP: Dan Peled)

Mr Nicholls only secured a third of support in the first round of votes but emerged as leader by three votes over Mr Springborg on the second round, after Tim Mander dropped out.

Nevertheless, he said the party was united behind him and issues had been clearly addressed with the party's 40 other MPs.

Mr Nicholls served as treasurer in the Newman government and was the face of the doomed $33 billion asset leasing program.

Despite a government survey of the public showing they did not support the plan, Mr Nicholls pushed ahead anyway which contributed to the LNP's humiliating 2015 defeat.

Before the spill, he ruled out putting it back on the table, however Katter's Australian Party are sceptical, adding Mr Nicholls had been difficult to work with in the past.

Political analysts say Mr Nicholls has the skills to overcome the baggage, and will also be the biggest threat to Labor.

He threw his hat in the ring over concerns Mr Springborg would not be able to win the next election, after three failed attempts.

His ability to negotiate with the KAP could be crucial to his leadership, especially after Mr Springborg was roasted for being blindsided by the passing of recent voting laws, which could have given Labor an extra eight seats at the 2015 election.

Before entering Parliament in 2006, Mr Nicholls was a Brisbane City councillor for six years, and a lawyer before that.

He has lived in the affluent electorate of Clayfield for almost 30 years, and holds the northern Brisbane seat by a safe margin.

It was one of Mr Nicholls' selling points, as well as policy depth and an ability to secure donations.

Before rising to leader, he had been serving as the Opposition's infrastructure and planning spokesman.

It is unclear at this stage whether he will announce a reshuffle.

Deb Frecklington

Cane grower Greg Plath and Queensland shadow minister for agriculture Deb Frecklington   Deb Frecklington, was serving as opposition agriculture spokeswoman. It is unclear if she will maintain the position since her promotion.

Widely considered a rising LNP star since her election in 2012, Ms Frecklington was courted by Mr Nicholls and Mr Mander to serve as their deputy.

She was elected unopposed, with John-Paul Langbroek stepping aside, making her the first woman to become deputy of the LNP.

Amid the party's crushing 2015 election defeat, Ms Frecklington appeared immune.

She increased her margin, even as her colleagues performed terribly.

The former solicitor and property manager was raised on a farm and currently serves as the opposition agriculture spokeswoman.

Under the Newman government she enjoyed quick promotion, serving as assistant minister to Mr Nicholls for two years and was assistant minister to former premier Campbell Newman.

Sitting in Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen's former seat of Nanango, north-west of Brisbane, Ms Frecklington as deputy would dampen rural and regional fears that an LNP leadership was too south-east centric.

"For every story about Sir Joh as a great Premier, there are many more about him as a great local member," she said in her maiden speech to Parliament.

Source: ABC News

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