Neumann fights to hold onto Blair seat

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd high-fives a tot during a visit to a shopping centre on Friday.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd high-fives a tot during a visit to a shopping centre on Friday. AAP

BLAIR MP Shayne Neumann is sticking behind Julia Gillard but has welcomed Kevin Rudd's public re-emergence.

Mr Neumann said he wasn't worried about leadership speculation in the media and was concentrating on continuing to campaign for Ipswich.

"I welcome Kevin's campaign around the country," he said.

"But Julia's been a very good Prime Minister and very good for us locally.

"There's been investments in road, infrastructure and schools in the Ipswich region, that's all been opposed by the Coalition."

Despite polls predicting a landslide victory for the Coalition, Mr Neumann remained unphased.

"Polls come and go. I'm concentrating on my local area. I'm focussing on doing my job, not on media speculation or polls."

Prime Minister Gillard yesterday dismissed leadership speculation dubbing it "wasted breathe."

Recent polls suggest Blair is in on a knife's edge, with Mr Neumann facing a fight to retain the seat.

Mr Neumann is being challenged by LNP candidate Teresa Harding as well as candidates from minor parties including Katter's Australia Party and Palmer's United Party.



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