John-Paul who?


Following Lawrence Springborg’s election-night resignation has resulted in the election of largely-unknown Gold Coast MP John-Paul Langbroek as leader of the Queensland LNP. Langbroek defeated former National Fiona Simpson and former Liberal Tim Nicholls. Lawrence Springborg has been elected as the party’s deputy leader. Langbroek is the first Liberal to lead the conservative side of politics in Queensland since, like, forever.

GOLD Coast MP and former dentist John-Paul Langbroek has been elected leader of Queensland’s Liberal National Party.

Former leader Lawrence Springborg was elected deputy leader at a meeting of the LNP’s 33 MPs in Brisbane.

Mr Langbroek and Mr Springborg are expected to front the media this afternoon.

Mr Langbroek, 48, defeated Brisbane MP Tim Nicholls and Sunshine Coast MP Fiona Simpson for the top job.

The Dutch-born MP and father of three was first elected to the seat of Surfers Paradise in 2004.

The former Liberal MP has been leader of opposition business since September last year and held a number of shadow portfolios including education, health and housing.

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  1. No more unknown than the other contenders surely.

    Langbroek entered parliament in 2004, which means he’s been there as long as any other former Liberal. And two years longer than Tim Nicholls.

    I seem to recall Beattie goading Langbroek to challenge Flegg for the Liberal leadership during the last term of parliament. Though Langbroek ended up content playing number two to Nicholls when they stood as a ticket in a party room challenge to Flegg which resulted in a farcical 4-4 deadlock.

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