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Windsor not Palmer's phantom candidate

Clive Palmer and Tony Windsor

Clive Palmer and Tony Windsor Photo: Twitter

Tony Windsor says he is not Clive Palmer's phantom federal candidate despite rumours of the independent federal MP joining the United Australia Party, sparked by a cryptic tweet.

Mr Palmer, the newly reformed UAP's leader, has flagged the possible announcement of a federal candidate at a press conference to be held on Thursday morning.

The mining magnate and aspiring prime minister has stated several federal and state MPs have expressed an interest in joining his party.

Rumours abounded that Mr Windsor could be one of those MPs following the tweet from the independent New England MP this week.

The tweet showed a photo of himself and the United Australia Party leader in a Glen Innes pub with the message "Met @clivepalmer for dinner in Glen Innes, discussed how much more respect on both sides would make a more United oz".

Mr Windsor said he had "never met Mr Palmer before" and the mining billionaire came through Glen Innes for dinner.

"We had a good yarn," Mr Windsor said.

"We spoke about a number of things and I don't agree with everything he has to say and he doesn't agree with everything I said, but one thing we do agree on is that people have a right to stand for political office."

But Mr Windsor said he would not be joining a political party.

Not long after Mr Palmer returned to Queensland, he sent out a media alert announcing a press conference on Thursday morning where he would provide an "update on the United Australia Party federal election campaign and candidate announcement".

It is understood Mr Palmer drove his recently acquired Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead coupe to Sydney on Sunday for a series of media interviews on Monday.

On his return to the sunshine state Mr Palmer stopped by Glen Innes for a talk with Mr Windsor.

Mr Windsor, who began his political life as a National Party candidate for the seat of Tamworth, represented the New England north-west seat from 1991 to 2001 before winning his federal seat in 2001.

Nationals Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce will challenge Mr Windsor for the seat in the coming election.

Peter Slipper has also been rumoured as a potential candidate for the UAP.

Mr Slipper resigned from the Liberal party in late 2011 after which he was installed as an independent speaker in the federal parliament, a role he relinquished in October 2012 following a series of scandals.

In an article with the Sunshine Coast Daily late last month, Mr Slipper expressed his support for Mr Palmer's tilt for the seat of Fairfax and said he imagined "his candidacy would be viewed by many Fairfax residents as being more attractive than that of the LNP".

Mr Palmer expressed his support for Mr Slipper in July last year by tweeting:

"Never any support from me for James Ashby. I've known Peter Slipper 40yrs. He's a man of integrity. This issue best left for the courts."

Mr Palmer is expected to announce five more candidates on the Gold Coast on Monday. He has said he will have at least 150 candidates for House of Representative seats.

He is still yet to register his party with the Australian Electoral Commission.

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  • And who ever thought he would be . Tony Windsor is a smart man , and a pity there are not a few more like him . I wish him the best in the coming election , I just cant imagine New England electing the other Dolt

    Bob Menzies
    Date and time
    May 02, 2013, 8:22AM
    • Bob,

      They would do well to oust Windsor and vote in Barnaby.

      Date and time
      May 02, 2013, 8:50AM
    • Tony Windsor is without doubt one of Australia's best politicians ... ever.

      The "Slick" Abbott LNP candidate who left his Queensland constituents in a haze of dust thinks more of himself than anyone else.

      J. Fraser
      Date and time
      May 02, 2013, 8:56AM
    • Bob you should join Clive's party he may like a Menzies member.
      I can just see Clive driving his Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead coupe to the parliament.

      Date and time
      May 02, 2013, 9:08AM
    • J.Fraser,

      Do you support windsor's view on capital punishment?

      Date and time
      May 02, 2013, 9:18AM
    • There should be a vote weighting for intelligence. Windsor would win easily. Maybe an intelligence test should also be applied to voters and people who comment on sites like this.

      Date and time
      May 02, 2013, 9:43AM
    • Despite all the rot saying Tony Windsor is a Labor Lap Dog, he is his own man. One with integrity and grace, intelligence and wit.
      Wish he was my MP.
      Tony Windsor for PM! That Barnaby thinks he can roll him, and is a better representative is a joke. If the voters of New England think otherwise then poor fool them.
      That everyone seems to have overlooked the irony in Clive's jibe at Abbott when stating he will be PM is a classic. Clive does has a quirkiness about him.

      A country gal
      Date and time
      May 02, 2013, 2:50PM
  • "Windsor not Palmer's phantom candidate"

    Good news for Palmer.

    Date and time
    May 02, 2013, 8:38AM
    • Of course, lovable funster Clive sometimes just ... MAKES STUFF UP to distract or to get attention for himself (eg "Greenpeace = CIA").

      The fewer pixels that are devoted to this self-serving circus promoter, the better.

      St Lucia
      Date and time
      May 02, 2013, 8:59AM
      • That would make Windsor a perfect fit. Problem is I dont think Clive is as nasty as windsor and if Clive crossed him, Windsor would spend the rest of his life looking for revenge.

        Date and time
        May 02, 2013, 10:19AM

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