A MEETING in Brisbane today to decide if Groom MP Ian Macfarlane can switch political parties is tipped to go down to the wire.
The former industry minister has won the support of rank and file members but the ultimate approval to become the newest member of the Nationals rests with the LNP state executive.
Mr Macfarlane remained tight lipped as to what today's meeting would bring after winning support from 75 per cent of the party faithful at a meeting in Toowoomba on Saturday.
"Politics is an unpredictable game but obviously the Groom federal division committee has made their decision," he said.
Of the 141 party members who attended Saturday's meeting at the Toowoomba RSL just 35 voted against Mr Macfarlane's planned defection from the Liberals to the Nationals.
The dissenters are understood to have strenuously argued against the switch but the overwhelming majority threw their support behind the change.
LNP president Gary Spence said the opinion of the party members would be taken into consideration at the party's state executive meeting this morning.
"There was vigorous discussion that went on for nearly 90 minutes and then at the end there was strong support from our members in Groom for what Ian wants to do," Mr Spence said.
Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce was among those who addressed the packed room during the 90-minute pre-vote discussion.
It is understood that much of the discussion focussed on procedure rather than policy as members fired off queries as to what Mr Macfarlane's proposed move would mean to Groom politics.
While the Groom vote will be considered by the state executive, senior party officials warned today's vote will be tight.
They said consideration will be given to what impact Mr Macfarlane's defection will have on relationships with the Coalition and other internal factors.
If Mr Macfarlane does not get approval from the state executive, the decision will remain as to whether he continues in politics or remains in the LNP.
Mr Macfarlane could not be contacted yesterday.
Elected LNP members and the party's executive will meet in Brisbane today and a decision is expected by 1pm.
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