Frecklington on the fence over Prentice

Sonia Kohlbacher

Queensland Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington has defended her party's preselection process while also expressing her disappointment at the dumping of federal MP Jane Prentice.

Brisbane City councillor Julian Simmonds on the weekend beat Ms Prentice as the LNP's candidate for the Brisbane seat of Ryan.

Ms Frecklington, the first female leader of the LNP, has endorsed the way the party preselects its candidates but also pointed to its poor female representation.