Bligh quits Parliament

ANNA Bligh has quit the Queensland Parliament in the wake of Labor's humiliating electoral defeat.

Ms Bligh told a media conference this morning Queensland had sent her and her government an overwhelming message.

Bligh said today was a "heartbreaking day" for the Labor Party in Queensland and the party needed to focus immediately on rebuilding.

"This is not a task that can be achieved with me at the head of the team or indeed as part of the team," she said.

Her decision to resign from the seat of South Brisbane, which she has represented since 1995, will become effective on Friday.