Another LNP politician has defected to One Nation
THE LNP's Sam Cox has become the second politician to jump ship to Pauline Hanson's One Nation party.
The former Newman government's member for Thuringowa will stand for the seat of Burdekin at the next Queensland state election.
The move has him fighting LNP member Dale Last for the seat.
Mr Cox failed to be nominated for Mundingburra after making comments about funding for the Townsville stadium and was replaced by 27-year-old Matt Derlagen, a staffer from Senator Ian Macdonald's office.
He said he was not bitter about the move but was glad to be able to stand for a party that respected its members' rights to speak out for their community.
I have chosen to run with One Nation not because the LNP wanted to shut me down for speaking out on north Queensland matters, but because I want to be a part of a government and a party that ensures the same opportunities afforded to city seats are given to the people of north Queensland," Mr Cox said.
"It is an honour One Nation and Pauline Hanson have chosen me to represent my old home town, the seat of Burdekin, to fight the Brisbane establishment for a better balance of power in north Queensland."
Mr Cox said he would be able to speak out on behalf of his electorate more through running for One Nation.
"Regional communities have been abandoned and left behind and now we need to fight our way back," he said.