The Queensland MP who infamously sent his mistress a picture of his penis in a glass of red wine has been disendorsed by local LNP members.
Redlands MP Peter Dowling has been dropped by local Liberal National Party (LNP) members and won’t be able to recontest his Queensland seat under the party’s banner, despite being endorsed by its executive.
Mr Dowling, who was infamously caught up in a sexting scandal in which he sent his mistress a picture of his penis in a glass of red wine, was on Saturday disendorsed by the southeast Brisbane branch, unlike former arts minister Ros Bates.
Ms Bates resigned as minister in February last year after criticism about alleged nepotism, her contact with lobbyists and the amount of leave she had taken but on Tuesday night was preselected by LNP members in the seat of Mudgeeraba.
Moggill MP Bruce Flegg has also been forced to convince varying levels of the party he should be preselected, but his fate remains uncertain.
“The LNP has re-opened nominations in the seat of Redlands and invites applications from prospective candidates to contest the 2015 state election,” the party said in a statement following the branch vote.
Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk used the result to promote Labor’s candidate in the seat, Deb Kellie.
“Now that the embarrassment that is Mr Dowling’s career is over, the people of the Redlands have an opportunity for a fresh start with a candidate to whom integrity and respect come second nature,” she said in a statement.
“The fact that this man has had the premier’s full support says everything about this out of touch LNP government – that is all about self-interest rather than Queenslanders’ interests.”