Mal Brough wins preselection
UPDATE 3.10PM: Mal Brough has been selected as the LNP candidate for Fisher.
Mr Brough and his fellow candidates Stephen Ainscough, Richard Bruinsma, James McGrath, Graeme Mickelberg, Daniel Purdie, Peta Simpson and Andrew Wallace fronted party members at the Caloundra RSL Club from 10am vying for preselection.
Votes started being counted about 2pm before a result was announced just after 3pm.
Mr Brough, clearly elated, addressed the media moments after.
"This is a very humbling experience," he said.
"To win the support of the people who matter the most to me and that is the members of the LNP, the people that man the polling booths, who are out there day in, day out, through the good and the bad times, that is so important to me as an individual.
"I just want the people of the Coast to know I set about to earn the respect of the local party membership and I intend to do exactly the same with the general population of Fisher."
LNP president Bruce McIver welcomed Mr Brough's success.
"Mal will bring a wealth of experience, also bring a wealth of knowledge to the seat and we as a party are 100% behind getting Mal Brough elected in the seat of Fisher at the next Federal election," he said.
Read more in tomorrow's Sunshine Coast Daily.
LNP to anoint member
THE LNP today will anoint the member it hopes will take the place of Peter Slipper as the Member for Fisher after the next federal election.
Eight candidates will front the party faithful at Caloundra RSL Club from 10am, with each to address party members before a series of votes.
The candidates have been lobbying members for several months and while all have been banned from winning support through the media, most are believed to have prepared brochures to distribute this morning.
Among them is James McGrath, who guided the LNP's successful state election campaign and has won some heavyweight backing for his efforts.
A copy of his brochure which found its way to the Daily carries endorsements from Premier Campbell Newman as well as sitting MPs Wyatt Roy, Alex Somlyay, Steve Dickson, Deb Frecklington, Tim Nicholls, Paul Neville, Julie Bishop, Ian Macfarlane, Joe Hockey and George Brandis.
Just for good measure, London Mayor Boris Johnson gives his blessing after Mr McGrath was his deputy campaign director in the lead-up to the 2008 council elections.
Former federal MP Mal Brough, recently cleared of any wrongdoing by the CMC, is expected to be favourite.