Lawrence Springborg will fight off challenges to his leadership today.
Lawrence Springborg will fight off challenges to his leadership today. Emily Smith

Springborg faces fight of his life in LNP showdown

LAWRENCE Springborg will today walk into an LNP party room to face an all too familiar feeling.

The Southern Downs MP is facing a leadership spill this morning - a leadership spill that could end his chances of ever being Queensland's Premier.

Mr Springborg is no stranger to leadership spills, in fact during his time in parliament he's become leader through them.

But this time the spill could put an end to his leadership.

At an 11am party room meeting tomorrow, former Newman government ministers Tim Nicholls and Tim Mander are expected to challenge for the leadership.

The leadership spill comes amid a week of speculation of a challenge by Mr Nicholls and Mr Mander.

Mr Springborg told the Daily News he called the leadership spill to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

"I said to my colleagues we're likely to have a Federal Election called this weekend," he said.

"We're also announcing a candidate for Toowoomba South this weekend and parliament sits next week.

"I wanted to clear the air before those things."

Who should lead the LNP in Queensland?

This poll ended on 06 May 2016.

Current Results

Lawrence Springborg


Tim Mander


Tim Nicholls


John-Paul Langbroek


Jarrod Bleijie


Jeff Seeney


Deb Frecklington


I don't care either


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Overall Mr Springborg remains tight-lipped on the situation.

He said he'll keep his comments for the party room, stating he believed playing the leadership out in public disappointed the party's supporters.

"I get the feedback from my colleagues that they can't believe this is happening when we're leading Labor 52 to 48," he said.

"I take my guidance from the constituents of the Southern Downs and they say they don't like this being played out publicly."

Mr Springborg narrowly beat Mr Mander for the leadership of the LNP after the election last year.

Supporters for the two challengers are reportedly pushing for a change, believing the Opposition Leader has failed to capitalise on unpopular Palaszczuk government decisions.

"I'm not going to be running around talking about my attributes," Mr Springborg said.

"I'm not getting into what colleagues have and haven't said."

When asked about his future in politics if he loses the leadership ballot, Mr Springborg declined to comment.

"We haven't even got to tomorrow (the spill) yet," he said.

"I'm looking forward to that meeting and having discussion in-house."

It seems people are willing to put their money behind Mr Springborg. has him as the favouriteto retain the leadership at $1.90, well ahead Nicholls on $3.50 and Mander on $6.

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