Jacqui Lambie.
Jacqui Lambie. AAP Image - Lukas Coch

I warned Clive off Lambie: former PUP leader says

CLIVE Palmer was urged not to endorse Jacqui Lambie as his party's Senate candidate in Tasmania by the most senior elected Palmer United Party official in Queensland before last year's election.

Alex Douglas, a state MP who defected as PUP leader in Queensland in August, is now an independent.

Dr Douglas told brisbanetimes. com that Mr Palmer, the Member for Fairfax, sent him on a pre-election mission to scrutinise Ms Lambie's credentials, but then ignored his recommendations.

Dr Douglas's involvement in vetting the Tasmanian has thrown into further doubt Mr Palmer's claim that Senator Lambie, who quit PUP on Monday, had somehow "infiltrated" the party to cause trouble.

"I thought she was a very unsuitable person for a middle of the road party," Dr Douglas said.

"She is much further to the right than Tony Abbott.

"I think Sarah Palin is a moderate compared to Jacqui. I was very much against her and I told Clive that."

Dr Douglas said he reported back that she appeared to him to have a conflicted political philosophy.

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