Springborg calls LNP partyroom meeting Friday morning amid leadership speculation
Queensland Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg has called an impromptu LNP partyroom meeting for this Friday amid persistent talk in party ranks about a possible leadership challenge.
There has been speculation Mr Springborg could face a challenge from Tim Nicholls or Tim Mander, or possibly both, with the ABC told earlier this week of "manoeuvres behind the scenes" for a spill.
Opposition MPs were not due to meet until next Monday, but Mr Springborg texted his colleagues to bring it forward to 11:00am on Friday.
"You would all be aware that in recent days there has been a lot of anonymous media commentary from a handful of colleagues about the direction of the LNP," the text read.
"Given the ongoing nature of this commentary, I am keen to provide an early opportunity for any of these members to be able to raise their issues with you directly.
"I believe it is important to bring forward this meeting given State Parliament is sitting next week; given the LNP is kicking off its Toowoomba South by-election [campaign] this Saturday with our candidate endorsement; and given the reasonable prospects that a federal election could be underway by next Monday.
"I look forward to your attendance; and look forward to your ongoing support."
A source within the LNP has told the ABC Mr Springborg is confident he will maintain the party leadership, but decided to call the meeting to end the "nonsense" of speculation.
Earlier this week, Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek said he was happy to serve under Mr Springborg.
"I'm happy to serve as his deputy, he's done a great job taking us to a lead in the two-party-preferred polling," he said.
A ReachTel poll last week put the LNP ahead of Labor at 52 to 48 per cent, two-party-preferred.
But it is understood leadership rumblings were sparked by Labor's surprise move to introduce compulsory preferential voting (CPV), which could hand them an extra eight seats at the next election.
Source: ABC News