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Toowoomba South MP John McVeigh under pressure to quit State Parliament

Cameron Atfield reports in the Brisbane Times (11.4.16) on calls for LNP MP John McVeigh to quit his state seat after he was preselected to stand for the party in the seat of Groom in the coming federal election.

‘Liberal National Party MP John McVeigh has come under pressure from Labor to quit as the state member for Toowoomba South following his preselection for the federal seat of Groom.

‘Mr McVeigh, who was agriculture minister in the Newman government, was preselected to replace outgoing former Abbott government minister Ian Macfarlane on the ballot paper in the safe LNP seat on Saturday.

‘Mr Macfarlane announced his retirement, to take affect at the federal election, following his dumping from the Turnbull ministry and an ill-fated bid to join the Nationals party room in Canberra. Acting Premier Jackie Trad said it was clear Mr McVeigh had his “attention set on Canberra” and should resign immediately.

‘… Mr McVeigh said he would speak to the LNP’s parliamentary leader, Lawrence Springborg, about the timing of his resignation when Mr Springborg returned from overseas.’

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