Craig Butler will be an independent candidate for Gladstone in the January 31 state election.
Craig Butler will be an independent candidate for Gladstone in the January 31 state election. Paul Braven GLA070115INDT

Independent candidate says he's not affiliated with LNP

INDEPENDENT Gladstone candidate Craig Butler has defended his independence, in response to questions asking if he was a member of the LNP until recently.

The questions were asked at a public meeting last week.

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Mr Butler said he had been a member of many different organisations, including a variety in politics, and he no longer had an affiliation to any political party.

"I was only a member (of the LNP) for less than 12 months and left dissatisfied," he said.

"I can't quite remember (when I left the LNP). It was some time ago but not years," he said. 

"It doesn't affect my independence, love for the region and what is best for the people of Gladstone."

He said he was not supported by any political party in his campaign for the seat of Gladstone.

Outgoing MP Liz Cunningham has endorsed Mr Butler.

He said he nominated as an independent so he didn't have to toe any party line.

"I am totally opposed to the sale of the port," he said.

"I have the capability to speak on the behalf of the people of Gladstone and that's why I nominated as an independent."



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