MP loses his job

BACKING a failed attempt to sack deputy LNP leader Lawrence Springborg backfired on member for Burnett Rob Messenger when he lost his own job in the fallout.

Mr Messenger was sacked as the party’s deputy whip after he seconded a move by Beaudesert MP Aidan McLindon for a spill motion to replace Mr Springborg.

The move by rookie MP Mr McLindon was backed by only four other members, including Mr Messenger.

With the spill motion defeated the issue of the deputy leadership did not go to a vote.

Retribution was swift, with LNP leader John-Paul Langbroek immediately taking the deputy whip’s job away from Mr Messenger.

“I expect my whip and deputy whip, as part of the leadership team, to make sure that they are absolutely loyal to the leader,” Mr Langbroek said.

It is unclear whether there will be further disciplinary action taken against the rebels.

Mr Langbroek demoted Mr McLindon from a parliamentary committee position last week for comments he made about Mr Springborg even before he announced his bid for a spill.

The LNP leader said he had no plans to take more action against Mr McLindon, but he said the LNP organisation could dish out further punishment.

Party president Bruce McIver said earlier the party’s MPs were “on notice” to earn the trust of grassroots members and run a disciplined campaign to win office in 2012.

Despite several attempts to contact Mr Messenger yesterday he did not return calls.

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