Sitting senator chosen as party president

NEW JOB: NT senator Nigel Scullion has been chosen to lead to CLP party as interim president.

NEW JOB: NT senator Nigel Scullion has been chosen to lead to CLP party as interim president.

In an unusual move, the Country Liberal Party has elected a sitting senator to act as the party’s president.

Following former president Shane Stone’s surprise resignation last month the CLP management committee has elected NT senator Nigel Scullion as the interim president.

An election will be held in April next year to choose a more permanent president.

"I am humbled and honoured to have been elected as acting president of the Country Liberal Party," Senator Scullion said.

"I would like to thank previous party president and former Chief Minister Shane Stone for his tireless work in rebuilding the Country Liberal Party over the past 12 months.

"I will be continuing with the work Shane started, talking with party members the length and breadth of the Territory and making sure the CLP is ready for the next federal and Territory elections,” he said.

"I also look forward to working with the executive, members and staff of the Country Liberal Party in the lead up to an election early next year for the position of president.”

Senator Scullion said the CLP was “a grass roots organisation”.

“The CLP remain focused on delivering more jobs and lower cost of living for all Territorians.

"The Country Liberal Party, together with its leadership in the Territory Parliament, Gary Higgins and Lia Finocchiaro, will fight to make sure Territorians are not be taxed to oblivion by Michael Gunner and his union puppet-masters,” Senator Scullion said today.

Territory director Brad Vermeer said he was looking forward to working with Senator Scullion in his new role.

"Senator Nigel Scullion has been fighting for a better deal for Territorians for the past sixteen years in the Federal Parliament,” Mr Vermeer said,

"The party is privileged to have him now take up a further leadership role and I'm looking forward to working closely with Senator Scullion in continuing the significant work of former party president, Shane Stone.

"Territorians can be confident that the leadership of the Country Liberal Party remains in safe hands, with the election of Senator Scullion as acting party president," he said.