Posted December 12, 2015 15:53:23

Grassroots members of the Liberal National Party (LNP) in Queensland have backed the former federal sector minister Ian Macfarlane’s defection from the Liberals to the Nationals.

Members of Mr Macfarlane’s regional LNP branch, the Groom federal divisional council, expressed robust assistance for his decision with 102 voting in support and 35 against at a meeting in Toowoomba today.

It signifies he will now be in a position to sit in the Nationals party area in Canberra if it is passed by means of LNP executive on Monday.

Mr Macfarlane made headlines in early December when he announced his intention to join the National Celebration and admitted he was disappointed to be demoted from the frontbench when Malcolm Turnbull took workplace as Prime Minister.

However, the Member for Groom denied there was any rift with the newly-minted PM.

“I am a huge fan of Malcolm’s, we’ve worked with each other for a extremely long time and no one particular was far more delighted than me to see him turn into Prime Minister,” he mentioned at the time.

“It is in fact a large vote of self-assurance in Malcolm Turnbull, simply because the alternative was to leave Parliament.”

Queensland Liberal Lawyer-General George Brandis had cautioned there could be upset that Mr Macfarlane did not reveal his planned defection when he was endorsed for the 2016 election.

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