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Toowoomba MPs withstand Labor’s landslide

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Mr John McVeigh, who retained his seat of Toowoomba South Photo: Ian Anderson

With their LNP party losing over 30 seats in last months Queensland state election, Toowoomba’s incumbent MPs seem to have held off one of the greatest political comebacks in Australian history.

The 2015 Queensland State election saw the ALP come back from the brink, beginning the night with just 9 seats in Parliament, and finishing the night with 42 confirmed seats.

With the final election outcome unknown at the time of printing, the fight was still on for the seat of Toowoomba North.

As this edition goes to print, Toowoomba North’s LNP candidate Trevor Watts was just 1600 votes clear of ALP seasoned candidate and former member Kerry Shine.

The fact that Trevor Watts is in front at this stage, in the face of a massive overall swing against the LNP is a testament to his hard work and commitment to the region.

He was instrumental in getting legislation formed and passed that empowers local councils to accept or reject adult entertainment permits.

“Trevor has done a magnificent job as the member for Toowoomba North,” said Toowoomba South MP John McVeigh.

“He fought hard to secure the Second Range Crossing, and we both will continue to work hard to ensure the project is delivered.”

Mr McVeigh said he was hopeful the project would continue in the event of an ALP or hung government.

Unlike Trevor Watts, John McVeigh’s seat was declared won on election evening, despite still suffering a swing of more than 13% to the ALP.

“It is a bittersweet result,” he said. “I’m grateful to win my seat, but obviously disappointed to see the results elsewhere.”

“We now have to take on board the clear message sent by the public.”

Please note: Trevor Watts and Kerry Shine were unable to make comment, as their seat was still in doubt.

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