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City's MPs pledge their allegiance to Newman

HAPPIER TIMES: Member for Condamine Ray Hopper (left) and LNP leader Campbell Newman seen here with Western Downs Regional Council mayor Ray Brown.
HAPPIER TIMES: Member for Condamine Ray Hopper (left) and LNP leader Campbell Newman seen here with Western Downs Regional Council mayor Ray Brown.

IPSWICH'S LNP members have vowed not to repeat the defection of MP Ray Hopper to Katter's Australian Party after an insider claimed more colleagues would follow.

Mr Hopper, the former LNP Member for Condamine, switched his allegiance to Bob Katter's own party over the weekend, claiming the party was shedding its National Party heritage.

LNP MPs Sean Choat and Ian Berry all distanced themselves from rumours more disillusioned MPs would change parties.

Justin Bowman, who stood against Mr Choat for Katter's Australia Party in Ipswich West, claimed frustration was growing within the LNP.

"They are all on a leash. They will do what Campbell Newman tells them to do and that's the sad thing about it," he said.

"The people elected them and they should be governed by the people who elected them."

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat said Mr Hopper's move was puzzling considering the KAP's reputation within Parliament House.

"The thing that is interesting is the two Katter people are lazy and are rarely in parliament representing their electorate," he said. He was disappointed Mr Hopper, a close friend, didn't come to him with his concerns.

"I'm disappointed. I think he's made a mistake and I'm very pleased with how the cabinet have supported my regional area."

Ipswich MP Ian Berry added: "Only the LNP has a positive plan for the future of Ipswich, and that's why I'll always remain a loyal member of the LNP."

Ian Rickuss, the LNP's federal member for Lockyer, questioned Mr Hopper's temperament for being in power.

"It's almost like some MPs can't take the pressure of being in government," he said.

"It's a bit foolish. It's almost like Ray had become used to being in opposition. It's much easier to make changes from inside the tent than from outside.

"I've been in opposition for eight years. Why would you want to be back in opposition?"

PARTY FACTS

  • The LNP has 77 MPs in the State Parliament.
  • Bob Katter formed his own party in 2011.
  • Katter's Australian Party has two state MPs in Queensland.

Topics:  campbell newman, katter's australian party, lnp, ray hopper


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