Jul 25, 2013

Booted out: LNP rising star ejected over RM Williams incident

Ben Riley, a rising star in the Young Liberals, has been controversially suspended for six months for pinching a pair of RM Williams boots at a party convention. The swift punishment has exposed party tensions.

A rising star of Queensland's Liberal National Party has been controversially suspended for pinching a pair of RM Williams boots, as tensions between the party's young Turks and old guard come to a head. Ben Riley, president of the Young LNP (and campaigns director of the national Young Liberals), was suspended from the party for six months following the incident late on Friday night. The venue was the LNP Convention at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane. According to a party insider, speaking on condition of anonymity, Riley took a pair of RM Williams boots from a store set up at the convention. "He's joking around on Friday evening, he's put on a pair of boots, they're pretty much like clown shoes -- three sizes too big," the source said. Riley proceeded to wear them around and spilt beer on them. The source said that on Saturday, Riley awoke filled with remorse and offered to pay for the boots, but the LNP executive decided to suspend him for six months (there was a push to expel him from the party altogether).

A pair of boots believed to be similar to the ones appropriated by Riley

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8 thoughts on “Booted out: LNP rising star ejected over RM Williams incident

  1. Paul Heller

    Slow news day then…

  2. Jaykwon Curry

    Sounds like the LNP fuddy duddies can’t take a joke to me. What’s more Queenslander than spilling beers on your RM Williams?

  3. Liamj

    Common problem with LNP squatocrats, what is taken as their right out in the boonies doesn’t play so well in town.

  4. Sam

    Interesting contrast to Mary-Jo Fisher’s treatment. Riley must have upset some important people to be dealt with so harshly.

  5. sparky

    Blundstones, now there was a boot.

  6. zut alors

    A Young LNP member illicitly commandeers a pair of classic RM Williams boots then christens them with beer – this story is perfect, it has everything. Please let it be true.

    Value-wise it’s almost as good as today’s First Dog.

  7. AR

    Why the surprise? He’s a banana bending tory, misappropriation and bad behaviour is part of the job description.

  8. beachcomber

    The White Shoe Brigade is the dominant faction in the LNP

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