Qld Labor faces LNP challenge in Stretton

Voters will choose popular Labor MP Duncan Pegg’s successor when they head to polls in the south Brisbane electorate of Stretton.

Mr Pegg died of cancer just shy of 41st birthday on June 10, ending his six-year stint as an MP.

The Labor MP enjoyed a 14.8 per cent margin in the multicultural electorate covering Stretton, Calamvale, Eight Mile Plains, Kuraby, Sunnybank Hills and Underwood.

Voters will head to the polling booths to anoint his successor from 8am on Saturday.

Mr Pegg’s former staffer James Martin is vying to succeed him for Labor, while former police officer Jim Bellos is running for the Liberal National Party.

The Greens have nominated Andrea Wildin, Suzanne Clarke is running for the Animal Justice Party and Jasmine Melhop is on the ballot for Informed Medical Opinions.

Mr Martin, who grew up in Stretton, says he will offer voters continuity.

“After the sad passing of our good friend Duncan Pegg MP, I want to continue his legacy of delivering for our community,” he told AAP.

“This will be a tough by-election. That’s why I’ve been working every day to earn locals’ support, to deliver for our community as part of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor team in government.”

The Labor government is campaigning on its pandemic response and securing the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

Meanwhile, the LNP is on the backfoot as the government has scheduled the poll on the same day of the party’s annual state convention.

LNP figures are frustrated that many grassroots members won’t be able to man the polling booths for Mr Bellos.