The race for the prized Wide Bay National Party preselection has narrowed after former Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney pulled out.
The race for the prized Wide Bay National Party preselection has narrowed after former Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney pulled out. Renee Albrecht

UPDATE: Seeney pulls out of race for Truss’s seat

UPDATE: With former deputy premier Jeff Seeney announcing he will not stand for preselection for the safe seat of Wide Bay, there remain three people contesting preselection to be the LNP candidate for Wide Bay
at the next federal election.

 

The preselection candidates are:


• Tim Langmead - External Relations Director for Fortescue Metals Group
• Damien Massingham - Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Noosa
• Llew O'Brien - Police Officer at Kilkivan

 

LNP members in the Wide Bay electorate will meet on April 10 to select the new
candidate.

Note: As the preselection is an internal matter for the LNP, neither the candidates nor the
party are able to make any public comment until the process is complete.

EARLIER NEWS ON THE WIDE BAY PRESELECTION RACE

FORMER Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has decided not to run for the seat of Wide Bay.

Mr Seeney had put his hand up for Liberal National Party preselection for Wide Bay, but told parliament early yesterday morning he would no longer contest the seat to be vacated by Warren Truss.

"I think he found it clearly very hard to amass the support that he needed at the local level," Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said.

Other media reported Mr Seeney, who has previously stated that his talents were not being used by the State Opposition, said he would play "what ever role" was asked of him under a Lawrence Springborg led LNP.

"I am tonight committing myself totally to ridding this chamber of this Labor Government," he said in the early hours of Friday morning, the Courier Mail reported. "I will play whatever role is asked of me in Lawrence Springborg's team to ensure we have an LNP government after the next election whenever that is."