Exiting Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.
Exiting Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. DAN PELED

Speculation rife as Bligh departs

ANNA Bligh's surprise resignation from politics altogether yesterday, 16 hours after she conceded the Labor Party defeat in the State Election, has received a mixed reaction.

Ms Bligh had always maintained she would stay in politics if Labor was relegated to the opposition benches.

But she said the scale of the loss, expected to deliver Labor just seven seats, was so vast she had no choice but to quit politics altogether.

Her resignation as premier was handed to Governor Penelope Wensley just after noon.

Her resignation as the member for South Brisbane means the decimated party will get the chance to try to parachute a new leader into the seat.

But with Ms Bligh narrowly holding it, a win for the party in South Brisbane is far from certain and could hand the Liberal National Party yet another seat.

Electrical Trades Union secretary Peter Simpson was expelled from the ALP in 2011 for criticising the Bligh government's asset sales and threatening to back other candidates at the election.

Former Keppel MP Paul Hoolihan, however, said she made the wrong move.

"She did have the capacity to rebuild Labor in Queensland."

Rockhampton's new member, ALP's Bill Byrne, said Ms Bligh had been a great support in the past 12 months.

"I couldn't be more disappointed to see her leave Queensland Parliament," he said.



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