John-Paul Langbroek has no interest in replacing Newman

A FORMER LNP leader who begrudgingly stepped aside to let Campbell Newman lead the party to the 2012 election has expressed no interest in returning to the reins.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek - who led the part in opposition from 2009 to 2011 - said he was confident the premier would hold his Ashgrove seat at next year's election and would not comment on speculation about other possible leaders if that did not eventuate.

"We're not speculating on things like that," he told ABC radio in Brisbane on Wednesday.

"We're focused on doing things that are important for Queensland.

"The people of Queensland will decide when we have an election.

"I'm happy doing the job I'm doing."

Stafford, which neighbours Mr Newman's electorate, suffered an 18.6% swing against the LNP in a by-election at the weekend.

The premier, who says he is now listening to Queenslanders, has since backed down on controversial policies relating to bikies and the state's corruption watchdog.

The Stafford result followed a 17% swing at the Redcliffe by-election in February.



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