LNP's Tim Nicholls concedes defeat in Queensland election

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December 08, 2017 11:30:55

LNP leader Tim Nicholls has conceded defeat in the Queensland election, nearly two weeks after voters went to the polls.

Mr Nicholls phoned Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk a short time ago.

It paves the way for Annastacia Palaszczuk to now go to the Governor and form a government with a slim majority.

Mr Nicholls will not contest a leadership ballot when the LNP’s party room meets on Tuesday.

He made the announcement on twitter saying he was proud of the positive campaign the LNP ran.

“I take full responsibility for it,” he said.

“At the party room on Tuesday I will not seek to continue as LNP leader. It is time for a new generation of LNP leaders.”

Mr Nicholls had refused to concede defeat in the week after the poll, even after it became all but impossible for him to form even a minority government.

Instead he held press conferences to keep pressure on the Premier not to break a promise about doing deals with crossbenchers.

Labor is set to win 48 seats, a slim two-seat majority in Queensland’s expanded 93 seat parliament.

The LNP is projected to win 39 seats.

More to come.

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