LNP members in the federal electorate of Groom have selected John McVeigh as the party’s candidate for the seat at the coming election.

LNP President Gary Spence congratulated Mr McVeigh on his endorsement.

“John has been a committed and strong representative for the people of Toowoomba South in the Queensland Parliament and will be just as effective representing the residents of Groom in Canberra,” Mr Spence said.

“His experience and talent will ensure that the people of the Darling Downs have strong voice in the Turnbull Government fighting for their interests.”

Mr McVeigh said he is humbled to be given the opportunity to stand as the LNP candidate for Groom.

“I’ve been honoured to serve the people of Toowoomba South and as Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister in the former LNP Government,” Mr McVeigh said.

“I will use my experience to ensure Groom builds on the strong representation and results achieved by Ian Macfarlane.

“Once a federal election date is confirmed, I will also confirm the timing of my resignation as the Member for Toowoomba South.

“Until then, my focus will remain on providing the strongest possible representation for the people of my community in the face of a state Labor Government that is neglecting regional Queensland.

“The Coalition Government has a strong track record of achievements in border protection, free trade agreements and cutting red tape to name a few and is now focused on developing an economic plan to ensure Australia’s future prosperity.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to speak with, and listen to, the people of Groom about my plans for this great region in the lead up to the next federal election.”