Littleproud 'humbled by support but didn't have numbers'
UPDATE 11am: Warwick-based MP David Littleproud has spoken out after pulling out of the contest to become our next Deputy Prime Minister.
New South Wales MP Michael McCormack was this morning elected for the position.
Mr Littleproud, who is the Member for Maranoa, said he made a commitment to only stand if the numbers were on his side.
"A number of colleagues approached me which I'm quite humbled by," Mr Littleproud said.
"I felt it was important we made a seamless transition and if we didn't have the numbers I wouldn't stand.
"I'm excited about the opportunities ahead and especially with Michael (McCormack), not only with what he's achieved in parliament but also outside of it."
Without confirming numbers, Mr Littleproud said there was enough interest to maintain hope of taking on the role until late last night when he pulled out of the race.
Mr Littleproud said he was disappointed to fall short but would continue to focus on delivering for his electorate.
"Obviously it would be an enormous honour to lead the National party, for 20 years I've been a member of the National party," he said.
"Politics in Canberra is very fluid, I don't focus on high honours.
"They're (the roles are) the gift of the party room and I look at delivering for Maranoa."
Mr Littleproud was named as a potential candidate for the position on Friday after Barnaby Joyce announced he would be stepping down from the role.
The former Deputy Prime Minister had faced weeks of public scrutiny over his affair with former staffer Vikki Campion, who is now expecting their child.
Mr Littleproud said Mr Joyce had been stoic and professional in light of his resignation.
"This is about continuing on the legacy he has created and he has been one of the greatest because he's fought fiercely for regional areas," Mr Littleproud said.
Mr McCormack is expected to allocate portfolios this morning and Mr Littleproud is hopeful he will maintain his position as Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.
The 41-year-old was selected for the role two months ago.
Mr Littleproud said the decision was in the hands of the new leader and he would respect his decision.
INITIAL 6.30am: Member for Maranoa David Littleproud has announced he will not vie for the position of Deputy Prime Minister.
The Warwick-based MP made the announcement late last night, leaving Michael McCormack from New South Wales set to take over the job uncontested this morning.
Mr Littleproud, who recently joined the front bench as Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, had been touted as one of the top contenders to take on the role alongside Mr McCormack and New South Wales MP David Gillespie.
Speculation about who would be Australia's Deputy Prime Minister has been rife since Friday when Barnaby Joyce announced he would be stepping down from the role.
The resignation is set to be made official this morning, with a new leader set to be elected shortly after.
Mr Gillespie pulled out from the leadership contest yesterday afternoon.