Australian Federal MP John McVeigh Quits Parliament

Australian Federal MP John McVeigh Quits Parliament
Princess Anne, Princess Royal is greeted by Lord Samuel Vestey (C) and John McVeigh MP (L) as she arrives at the Agricultural Conference at the Royal International Convention Centre on October 21, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Glenn Hunt/Getty Images)

Queensland Liberal MP John McVeigh is resigning from federal parliament, triggering a by-election in the seat of Groom.

McVeigh submitted his resignation on the morning of Sept 18 with immediate effect due to his wife’s ill health.

The coalition holds the Toowoomba-based seat with a margin of 20.5 percent.

McVeigh was first elected in 2016 after stints in state parliament and local council.

He served in federal cabinet for eight months as the minister for regional development, territories and local government.

The by-election will be the second for the year after an earlier contest in the southern NSW seat of Eden-Monaro.

Daniel McCulloch in Canberra