For the first time in its history, Queensland’s LNP has elected a woman to lead the party as president.
Longtime LNP member Cynthia Hardy will steer the party to the October election alongside parliamentary leader Deb Frecklington, also the first woman to be appointed to her role.
The leadership change puts to bed months of internal party tension over outgoing president David Hutchinson’s role in destabilising Ms Frecklington.
Mr Hutchinson came under fire in June for his role in the leaking of damning polling on Ms Frecklington’s popularity, and his consulting job with political rival Clive Palmer.
He resigned from that role in a bid to save his presidency, but after hanging on for two months, Mr Hutchinson stepped down on Saturday.
Ms Hardy was elected to replace him as acting president on Monday.
“As President, David presided over many successes, none-the-least of which were the remarkable result the LNP achieved at the 2019 Federal election,” Ms Hardy said in a statement.
“While the presidency has changed our goal has not. The LNP must win the next election.”
Deb Frecklington said she welcomed Ms Hardy’s appointment, and was focused on the upcoming election – now less than three months out.