CLAIMS QUASHED: Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett has put an end to rumours that he was targeted by the Palmer United Party to switch parties.
CLAIMS QUASHED: Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett has put an end to rumours that he was targeted by the Palmer United Party to switch parties.

Stephen Bennett to stay with LNP, denies defection rumours

MEMBER for Burnett Stephen Bennett has rubbished claims he is one of the LNP MPs being targeted by the Palmer United Party to defect.

Mr Bennett was one of 26 LNP MPs named in a Gold Coast Bulletin story which also claimed the party was unhappy with their performance.

But LNP state director Brad Henderson denied the claims.

"These suggestions are complete nonsense and simply represent mischief-making by the Palmer United Party which appears incapable of finding its own candidates," he said.

"The LNP prides itself on a democratic pre-selection process in which candidates are chosen by local party members, not by the LNP executive or through un-democratic factional deals."

Mr Bennett said he had never been rung personally by the Palmer United Party (PUP).

"I wouldn't consider it," he said.

Mr Bennett said LNP defectors to PUP Alex Douglas and Carl Judge were running an opportunistic and ridiculous campaign in parliament.

"They're approaching us backbenchers saying 'you're gone, Clive will look after you'," he said.

"These two have never been elected to parliament as Palmer representatives."

Mr Bennett said the LNP could stand on its achievements.

"I would never consider betraying the people of this electorate, the mums and dads and workers who gave me this great responsibility," he said.

"I wouldn't be able to look them in the eye."

Mr Bennett said he challenged anybody to tell him one policy of the Labor opposition or the PUP.

A spokeswoman for the PUP said they had no comment on the defection allegations.



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