Scott Morrison summons Liberal MPs to after-hours meeting to pass changes to leadership spill rules
Liberal Party MPs have held an unscheduled meeting to pass changes that would make it harder to get rid of a sitting leader.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced a new threshold to trigger a Liberal leadership change, requiring two-thirds of the partyroom vote to trigger a spill motion.
The Liberal Party previously had no set method and no party room constitution dictating this.
Mr Morrison said the change to party rules reflects an acknowledgement that the party’s “own conduct of this period of time needs to be changed”.
One Liberal source told the ABC the move was designed to make it harder to dislodge Mr Morrison as Liberal leader after the election.
A Liberal MP said the move was in response to feedback from marginal seat holders.
The Labor party already has rules to prevent leadership spills. A minimum of 60 per cent of the Labor caucus must vote to remove a leader if the party is in Opposition. To remove a Labor prime minister, 75 per cent of the caucus vote is needed.
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