Holmes comes out fighting.

Conservative Future National Chairman Candidate Paul Holmes has again rejected speculation that Regional Elected Officials will be scrapped under his leadership.

Holmes told tbg - "Elected regional reps will not be done away with. We believe in democracy".

"Regional structures will always be elected not appointed. (Delivering) democracy, accountability."

Paul Holmes told tbg that he doesn't say he'll abolish Regional reps in his manifesto - "We want to debate how they operate and what responsibilities they have".