The Courier-Mail

Laming disendorse­d

DISGRACED MP Andrew Laming has been disendorse­d by the LNP after refusing to withdraw his nomination to contest the next federal election.

- MADURA McCORMACK

TAXPAYERS could be forced to pay out more than $105,000 to disgraced federal MP Andrew Laming as he leaves politics after he was sensationa­lly disendorse­d by Queensland’s LNP.

Dr Laming, despite publicly declaring he would retire at the next election after being accused of bad behaviour towards several women, did not withdraw his applicatio­n to be re-endorsed for the seat of Bowman.

The disgraced MP, who is on medical leave undergoing empathy training, faced the LNP’s powerful vetting committee last night.

In a statement last night, a spokesman for the party confirmed that Dr Laming had failed.

“Today Dr Andrew Laming met with the LNP’s Applicant Review Committee (ARC),” the spokesman said.

“The LNP’s state executive has accepted the ARC’s recommenda­tion that Dr Laming not proceed as a candidate and has reopened nomination­s for the seat of Bowman,” he said.

Dr Laming stands to benefit from not being preselecte­d. Under parliament rules, MPs who involuntar­ily retire after failing to be re-endorsed “for reasons other than misconduct” are eligible to receive a “resettleme­nt allowance”, which is worth six months of their base salary. For Dr Laming, this would be worth $105,625, but it is not yet certain he will be elgible.

It is understood that there is a large field of female candidates vying to be endorsed in the seat.

It comes after Coalition sources yesterday afternoon told The Courier-Mail that there was “no way” Dr Laming would be re-endorsed by the party.

Dr Laming is currently on medical leave, after explosive allegation­s surroundin­g his “unacceptab­le” behaviour toward women that included abusive messages on Facebook and taking a photo of a woman bending over, with her underwear exposed in 2019.

He is currently being investigat­ed by the Australian Electoral Commission over dozens of Facebook pages he allegedly ran in the Redlands community without political authorisat­ion.

A high-level Coalition source also said that it was more likely now that the Prime Minister would step in and make a “captain’s pick” of who he would like to run in the seat.

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