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Queensland LNP disendorses Andrew Laming ahead of next federal election

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Queensland’s Liberal National Party (LNP) has disendorsed embattled MP Andrew Laming for his safe federal seat of Bowman.

Dr Laming faced the LNP’s application review committee on Monday evening after it was reported he hadn’t withdrawn his nomination for preselection for the next election.

In a statement to The Courier-Mail, a party spokesman said the LNP’s state executive had accepted the committee’s “recommendation that Dr Laming not proceed as a candidate and has reopened nominations for the seat of Bowman”.

Dr Laming is under investigation by the electoral commission over more than 30 Facebook pages operated without political authorisation disclosures.

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He has also been accused of harassing two female constituents and is currently on leave to undergo empathy training at the request of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Mr Morrison has resisted calls to dump him from the coalition party room with the government holding a wafer-thin majority in the lower house.

Earlier this month, Queensland Police confirmed no action would be taken over another accusation after a woman alleged he took an inappropriate photograph of her while she was bending over.

“Investigators, having considered the interviews and all other information considered as part of the investigation, have determined there is no evidence to indicate a criminal offence,” police found.

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Dr Laming, 54, intended to rejoin the federal coalition party room upon his return from leave and remain in parliament until the next election, before leaving politics.

Under parliament rules, his disendorsement may make him eligible to a taxpayer-funded payment of six months’ salary, amounting to $105,600, if it’s deemed his failure to be re-endorsed is “for reasons other than misconduct”.

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