Federal Election 2016: LNP rising star Wyatt Roy says One Nation vote may bring him undone in Longman
Key Turnbull Government MP Wyatt Roy says he may lose his seat because of the strong One Nation vote in Queensland.
Mr Roy was seen as a rising star in the Liberal National Party, a key ally of the Prime Minister, and has been serving as the Assistant Minister for Innovation.
He has been keeping a low profile since election night, but today he spoke with the ABC's 7.30 program about how the strong Pauline Hanson vote could bring him undone in his seat of Longman.
"This seat has always had a very high One Nation vote, the former One Nation leader in the state parliament [Bill Feldman] held the state seat of Caboolture," Mr Roy said.
The 26-year-old is behind by more than 2,000 votes in his seat on Queensland's Sunshine Coast to Labor's Susan Lamb, after suffering a swing against him of more than 8 per cent.
Ms Lamb has claimed victory and ABC election analyst Antony Green said Mr Roy cannot win, but Mr Roy is refusing to concede defeat with postal and absentee votes still to be counted
Labor leader Bill Shorten visited the seat today with Ms Lamb to congratulate her on the upset victory.
One Nation candidate and former police officer Michelle Pederson polled 9 per cent of the vote and One Nation directed preferences in the seat away from Mr Roy in favour of the ALP.
"The preference flow from One Nation in this seat is almost a 50-50 split [so far] between the Coalition and Labor and we'll see where that 10 per cent of the [One Nation] vote went and that could come down to the margin that decides the seat," Mr Roy said.
Roy doesn't rule out personal vendetta
Pauline Hanson's key adviser is James Ashby, a one-time LNP staffer to former speaker Peter Slipper who accused Mr Slipper of sexual harassment resulting in a messy legal battle.
Mr Roy was a central figure in the falling out between Mr Slipper and Mr Ashby and he has been accused of copying the former speaker's diary, an allegation he denies.
When questioned about whether Mr Ashby could have used One Nation preferences in the seat as part of a personal vendetta against him, Mr Roy did not rule out the possibility.
"We've seen One Nation both here [in Longman] and in the seat of Herbert do unique things with their preferences," he said.
"In Herbert they ran a split ticket, here on some how to vote cards they preferenced Labor."
'There are thousands of votes to be counted'
Mr Roy is refusing to concede defeat in Longman.
"There are thousands of votes to be counted - over 9,000 postal votes to be counted, the LNP has processed over 5,000 postal votes.
"That could make up the difference, [but] it does look tough to hold the seat ... There is a long way to go."
Some locals have criticised Mr Roy for not attending community forums and having a low profile in the electorate.
But Mr Roy did not answer questions about whether he had gone missing during the campaign.
One Nation has been contacted for comment.
Source: ABC News