Former Maryvale girl fails to win seat

FORMER Maryvale girl Tania Wright failed to clinch the seat dubbed a “must win” for the Liberal National Party (LNP) at the weekend's state election.

Ms Wright, the LNP candidate for Southport, needed a swing of about eight per cent to seize Southport from Labor's Peter Lawlor, the incumbent member since 2001.

On a two-party preferred basis, Mr Lawlor won almost 55 per cent of the vote to Ms Wright's 45 per cent.

The result signalled the end of Ms Wright's campaign to refurbish the Southport Hospital rather than proceed with plans for its demolition.

When the Daily News went to print last night, Independent MP and former LNP Cunningham sitting member Stuart Copeland looked set to be defeated in the seat of Condamine.

The conservative's seat was abolished in last year's boundary redistribution and he threw his hat into the ring for the Condamine region, running against colleague Ray Hopper.

At the time of printing, Mr Hopper was expected to win the seat and although no preference distribution figures were available, Mr Hopper was leading the race with 47 per cent of the vote to Mr Copeland's 26 per cent.

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