Harassment claims a stitch up: Qld MP

Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan suspended from LNP following harassment allegations


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Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan (right) says the claims against him are a stitch up.

Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan (right) says the claims against him are a stitch up.

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Jason Costigan has been suspended from the Liberal National Party.

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A north Queensland MP facing expulsion from the state's opposition party says harassment claims against him are a "stitch up".

Jason Costigan has been suspended from the Liberal National Party and is expected to be expelled when the party's executive meets on Friday.

He's lost the support of LNP leader Deb Frecklington, who's already said the MP "doesn't have the morals and the values to be part of my team".

Mr Costigan has denied the harassment claims, telling The Courier-Mail he'll be pursuing legal action.

"This is a stitch up of the highest order," the Whitsunday MP said.

LNP acting president David Hutchinson said the committee suspended Mr Costigan on Wednesday after investigating the complaint, which the party has not detailed.

The Courier-Mail says it has seen an email detailing allegations the MP had gone shirtless at a private home where he was staying, leaving an 18-year-old woman "traumatised by his revoltingness".

The email describes how the woman arrived at her grandparents' house, where Mr Costigan was reportedly staying while he was travelling, and found the MP only partially dressed.

"His behaviour from that point was extraordinary," the paper said, citing the email complaint.

"She is traumatised by his revoltingness."

AAP is seeking comment from Mr Costigan.

Mr Costigan raised eyebrows last year when he posted a video online to mark World Bikini Day. It featured him standing alongside two women in their swimwear.

At the time he dismissed critics who said it was inappropriate, saying the response was "political correctness on steroids".

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