Queensland MP Bruce Flegg has denied leaking secret recordings that suggest the Liberal National Party asked him to give up his Brisbane seat to make way for Campbell Newman, Friday, June 14, 2013.
Queensland MP Bruce Flegg has denied leaking secret recordings that suggest the Liberal National Party asked him to give up his Brisbane seat to make way for Campbell Newman, Friday, June 14, 2013. AAP Image - Dave Hunt

Newman stays in Ashgrove as party dumps Flegg

PREMIER Campbell Newman has repeated his commitment to tough it out in Ashgrove following the Liberal National Party's decision to dump Bruce Flegg, which created a vacancy in the LNP's safest Brisbane seat.

Dr Flegg was effectively sacked from the LNP's parliamentary team on Friday, when the party's state executive ruled he could not seek preselection in his west Brisbane seat of Moggill, which he holds with a margin of 23.8 per cent.

Controversial LNP MPs Peter Dowling and Ros Bates also faced the executive, but they were spared the axe.

After Friday's meeting Dr Flegg said his dumping was part of an orchestrated LNP leadership campaign designed for a post-Newman era, on the assumption Labor candidate Kate Jones would defeat the Premier in his seat of Ashgrove.

Mr Newman holds Ashgrove by just 5.5 per cent and a recent ReachTEL poll had Ms Jones, the former Bligh government environment minister, 12 points ahead of the Premier.

Read more at Brisbanetimes.com.au



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