"These are never easy decisions, but I believe that it is the right decision on balance." Kelly Butterworth

Lawrence Springborg stepping down after next election

UPDATE:  In light of news Federal MP Lawrence Springborg will not be recontesting his seat, politicians have sent in their support for the leader.

Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said he was saddened by his good friend, mentor and LNP colleague Lawrence Springborg's announcement.

"Lawrence Springborg is one of the most distinguished, knowledgeable, pragmatic and honourable representatives in Australia's political history, but beyond that, Lawrence is a top bloke and I am lucky to consider him a good friend," he said.

"I wish Lawrence, his wife Linda and their family every success in their future endeavours.

"Lawrence is truly a man of the people and I passionately believe that he still has so much more to offer not only the people of Southern Downs, but Queensland.

"It is my sincere hope that Lawrence's talent and intellect are put to good use beyond his career as the State Member for the Southern Downs".

Tim Nicolls also thanked Mr Springborg for his 27 years of service.

EARLIER: LNP MP Lawrence Springborg has announced he will not recontest his seat at the next election.

Mr Springborg confirmed his decision this morning, 27 years after the former LNP leader entered politics.

"After much consideration and discussion with my family, I have this morning informed Local LNP Party Members of my decision not to re-contest Southern Downs at the next state election due in early 2018," he said.

"I have also informed State Party President Gary Spence and Parliamentary Leader Tim Nicholls of this decision."

"These are never easy decisions, but I believe that it is the right decision on balance."

Mr Springborg led the LNP after the party's shock loss in the 2015 election. 

He was replaced by Tim Nicholls as Opposition leader in a spill in May. 



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