Ray Hopper.
Ray Hopper. The Chronicle/Contributed

Defector tips more MPs to hop

QUEENSLAND MP Ray Hopper, who defected from the LNP to Katter's Australia Party, says he'll be surprised if other LNP members don't follow suit in the near future.

"My suggestion is to watch how this government performs over the next eight weeks," Mr Hopper said.

"And see how they feel, see if they're still happy.

"I'm talking about any MPs, I'm not just talking about old Nationals, old Liberals or city centric."

Mr Hopper announced his decision to leave the LNP on Sunday.

Yeerongpilly MP Carl Judge also looks set to leave the party, following a decision to vote against the LNP in parliament today.

Mr Hopper said the biggest motivating factor for MPs choosing to leave the party would whether they felt they were representing their electorates.

"Anyone with less than 5% is in serious trouble," Mr Hopper said.

"So they'll be one-termers only unless they make a mark in their electorate and not be shut up on the back bench."

Mr Hopper's comments were backed up by Sportsbet.com.au odds, which suggest up to eight LNP MPs could defect to the KAP before the next election.

Five or more MPs defecting between now and the next state election from the LNP to KAP heads the betting at $3.50, followed by two MP's ($4.33), one ($4.50) and three ($4.75).

No more MPs abandoning Campbell Newman is the $5.00 outsider.

"The talk is that up to eight MPs might follow Ray Hopper and join Katter's Australia Party. How many will defect remains to be seen but one thing is for certain, if you're in the akubra-making business in Queensland your business is about to boom," said sportsbet.com.au's Ben Hawes.



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