State Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg.
State Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg.

Is the Borg coming back as deputy?

HE may have relinquished the reins of political leadership, but Lawrence Springborg is “seriously considering” the role of deputy as the LNP prepares to take the question to a vote tomorrow.

The member for Southern Downs confirmed yesterday he had been approached by party stalwarts about the second-in-charge role in the interests of leadership continuity and retaining his experience on the political front row.

“I am seriously considering it, but the decision will be made by the party room tomorrow and I will be OK whatever the outcome,” Mr Springborg said.

The former opposition leader stepped down as LNP leader after losing the state election with a need to make way for “someone new”.

He said after spending the greater part of six years at the helm of Queensland's conservative politics he wanted to spend more time in his electorate and with his family.

“But the role of deputy differs a great deal from the role of leader and my colleagues have a very strong view I could play a role as mentor,” Mr Springborg said.

“They have asked I consider it in light of the experience I could provide and the continuity and back-up I could offer the new leader.”

Surfers Paradise MP John Paul Langbroek and Clayfield's Tim Nichols are expected to be the forerunners in tomorrow's 11am leadership ballot in Brisbane.

Mr Springborg would not officially back either contender, saying the decision was a matter for the party room.

He also refused to comment on whether he would accept a shadow cabinet portfolio: “That will be a matter for the new leader to determine.”

Meanwhile member for Condamine Ray Hopper, who admitted to being devastated when Mr Springborg stepped down, yesterday threw his support behind the push to retain the former leader as the new deputy.

“I am 200 per cent behind Lawrence, Queensland's conservative politics have him to thank for significant swing away from the ALP,” Mr Hopper said.

Warwick LNP member Dawn Scrymgeour also supported a move to retain the former opposition leader in the LNP's inner sanctum.

“We would have loved to see him continue as party leader because he has been instrumental in creating a cohesive conservative party,” she said.

“Yet we understand why he needs to stand down, but the next best thing would be to have Lawrence as mentor for the party's new leader.

“He has been an inspirational leader, with a very human side and I believe he still has a lot to offer the party and the state.”

If Mr Springborg takes on the deputy position it will ease the fiscal impact stepping down would have on his pay-packet. The deputy takes home $156,600 down from the leader's salary of $185,000, but a decided improvement on a backbenchers' base of $126,500.

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