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12 August 2014

Palmer United party appoints new Queensland leader after MP quits

Clive Palmer declares his faith in Carl Judge, the party’s only remaining parliamentarian in the state

Carl Judge

Carl Judge has a strong commitment to Queensland, according to Clive Palmer. Photograph: Dan Peled/AAP Clive Palmer has declared his faith in his party’s remaining Queensland parliamentarian following the sudden resignation of MP Alex Douglas.

The Palmer United party announced on Monday via a statement that its executive had appointed its remaining Queensland MP, Carl Judge, as the party’s new state leader.

The member for Gaven, Alex Douglas, announced his resignation from the role in a press release on Monday.

Douglas said PUP candidates for next year’s state election were pre-selected without his input and implied there was a culture of cronyism.

In PUP’s statement that followed, Palmer didn’t comment directly on the split with Douglas.

Instead, the mining billionaire and federal MP said the member for Yeerongpilly, Carl Judge, had the “qualities and strength of character” to lead the party into the next state election.

He also said Judge would contest attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie’s Sunshine Coast seat of Kawana at the next election.

“Carl Judge has a strong commitment to Queensland and he has the character to lead the party to confront the many challenges the state now faces,” Palmer said.

He added that business owner Jim MacAnally had been endorsed as the party’s candidate for the Gold Coast seat of Burleigh at next year’s election.

Palmer said PUP would announce more candidates in coming weeks “under the accordance of the provisions of the party’s constitution”.

The current government and Premier Campbell Newman had “run government without proper recognition of LNP members and due process”, the PUP leader said.

He added that Judge “knows you need to work as a team” and the Palmer United party has “maintained integrity within the community in Queensland”.

In the same statement, Judge said he was honoured and was looking forward to leading the party at the next state election.