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"We need to find a candidate who can take him on.''

CALOUNDRA LNP Member Mark McArdle said he had been angered at two levels by Steve Dickson's defection.

"I'm angry at him that he was prepared to sit in Cabinet for three years and take all that came with that office and I'm angry for the people of Buderim and LNP members who have worked so hard to get him into government and to support him as a Minister.

"He has to explain to them why they have been taken for granted and taken for a ride.

"Our task of forming government just got that much more difficult.

"We need to find a candidate who can take him and One Nation on.

"I can't understand how you can profess loyalty and hold very senior office and then turn your back without a full explanation."

Mark McArdle.  Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Mark McArdle. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily John McCutcheon

Mr McArdle rejected suggestions that the LNP may parachute into the seat Deb Frecklington who is under pressure from One Nation in Nanango.

"I think party politics are of the view to support local people. It is difficult to convince local people (of the need) to parachute a candidate except in exceptional circumstances," he said.

"We need to cauterise the wound.

"I want Steve Dickson to know the hurt he has caused particularly to those in his own branch.

"He has stood shoulder to shoulder in Cabinet with his colleagues. Has he dumped that for greater glory for himself.

"That worries me as well. I think Steve Dickson's personality can jump either way."

Do you think Steve Dickson has betrayed LNP supporters?

This poll ended on 27 January 2017.

Yes. They put him in, not One Nation - 9%

No. He's following where his constituents are heading - 83%

No. The LNP has lost its way - 6%

Depends on his stance on key issues - 0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Mr McArdle said he had seen Mr Dickson move quickly to a conclusion with not much time for consideration.

"This explains a lot about the past few weeks," he said.

"He had Pauline Hanson come up and support footpath gardening which is a local issue. "

Federal LNP Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said he had been both surprised and disappointed by the actions of a man he regarded as a friend.

"I thought he was a good friend and he gave no indication that was what he was thinking of doing," he said.

"He's been a good local member and served the LNP well.

"But at the end of the day he was voted in as an LNP member.

"Buderim will share my disappointment.

"People who become disengaged or whatever with a party should stand aside and allow a by-election.

"That's the honourable thing to do.

"He was elected as an LNP member.

  "We're friends and hopefully will remain so but I am disappointed.

  "It's a strong LNP seat and I am confident we will hold it.

"Clearly he has been a strong local candidate. Time will tell whether the loyalty provided Steve Dickson over many years follows him or stays with the LNP."

Noosa MP Glen Elmes.
Noosa MP Glen Elmes. john mccutcheon

Elmes blasts Dickson over 'betrayal'

MEMBER for Noosa Glen Elmes said Member for Buderim Steve Dickson's defection from the LNP to One Nation came as no surprise.

He said it had been on the cards since Mr Dickson had Ms Hanson at his Buderim electoral office last November and didn't inform other LNP members on the Sunshine Coast of her presence until very late in the day.

"From the time Pauline Hanson announced she would not run a candidate against Steve Dickson in Buderim I've known this was where it would end," he said.

"The ones I feel sorry for are the LNP members who stood in the hot sun for the past 10 years and handed out his How to Vote cards, raised money and ran chook raffles.

"They've been betrayed."

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Buderim councillor Ted Hungerford said he was tipped off weeks ago.

"People have been telling me things for a long time," Cr Hungerford said.

"He had Pauline up for that food street nonsense playing cheap politics.

"We were only trying to help them deal with public liability issues."

Cr Hunger ford said he had no thought of standing for state parliament for the LNP or anyone else.

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