Former member for Clarence Steve Cansdell is working with friend Murray Lees.
Former member for Clarence Steve Cansdell is working with friend Murray Lees. JoJo Newby

Cansdell seen in latest role

AN IRONIC twist in Steve Cansdell's fall from grace has emerged with the former MP handing out business cards sporting the motto "Get elected, stay elected" at last week's National's conference.

The cards were spruiking the political consulting business Vote Right, which is run by his long-time friend Murray Lees.

Yesterday Mr Lees told The Daily Examiner Mr Cansdell was working with him in the business, but was not being paid.

"He is not working for me, he is working with me," he said.

"He is not being paid a cent by the business."

Mr Lees said Mr Cansdell's involvement with his business was something he would rather keep out of the media.

"We have a business relationship, but I don't think I need to discuss it with the media," he said.

"I am all for the media but I don't see this as something for the press. What I do in my business is literally my business."

He confirmed the business motto was "Get elected, stay elected", but said there was no need to confirm Mr Cansdell was handing out business cards to fellow party members.

"I am a sole trader and Vote Right is what I call it (the business)."

Vote Right offers advice to state and federal members of parliament about electoral communication strategies.

The business prepares electorate newsletters, introductory brochures, surveys and letters, speeches, media releases and campaign strategies.

Mr Lees said Mr Cansdell was well received at the conference.

"Steve is much loved by the general community and the party.

"People understand that he made a mistake and he paid a very heavy price for it."

Mr Cansdell responded to a Facebook message yesterday saying 'news to me Rod'.

Mr Cansdell resigned from his position as parliamentary secretary to Police Minister Michael Gallacher and announced he was resigning as member for Clarence on September 16.

He admitted falsifying a statutory declaration to escape a speeding offence which would have cost him his licence in 2005.

When he announced his resignation, Mr Cansdell said he took documents to police proving he signed the statutory declaration in which former staffer Kath Palmer claimed she was driving Mr Cansdell's vehicle.

Police confirmed yesterday no charges had been laid against Mr Cansdell and investigations were continuing.



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