The president of Queensland’s Liberal National Party, David Hutchinson, has announced his intention to resign.
In a message to party members, Mr Hutchinson said he had advised state executive that he will step down from the leadership role at a meeting on Monday afternoon.
“While I feel I have a lot more to give to the LNP, now is the right time for me to step aside and support my successor as they lead the party organisation to a state election victory and beyond,” Mr Hutchinson said.
Mr Hutchinson has been under pressure for the past six weeks since Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington blamed “backroom bullies” for leaking a damaging internal party poll against her.
Among those calling for his resignation at the time was federal frontbencher Peter Dutton, who also criticised the LNP president for maintaining a commercial relationship with political rival Clive Palmer.
Mr Hutchinson responded by cutting off ties with Mr Palmer but refused to stand down, although he did send a message to party members apologising for his part in the controversy.
The party president hit the headlines again this month with the revelation that party founder Lawrence Springborg had been dropped for the LNP executive.
In his announcement to party members, Mr Hutchinson said everyone had a responsibility to do everything to ensure an LNP victory at the October 31 state election.
“For some of us, that will mean stepping up into new roles and taking on new responsibilities in the coming months,” he said.
“For others, it might mean thinking about whether we are the best people to fill those vital campaign roles, or whether we should allow others to come through.
“There is no member who is exempt from asking himself or herself what our party needs from us at this time, including the leadership.”
Mr Hutchinson listed among his achievements helping to deliver victory for the Morrison Government in last year’s federal election and said the party remained in a strong financial position.
“In short, your party is in great shape to fight and win the state election,” Mr Hutchinson said.
“I will continue to be a hard-working and loyal member of the LNP, alongside so many thousands of members across the state.”