The bitter infighting between local Liberal Party members has taken another twist, with Camden resident and former upper house member Charlie Lynn suspended from the party for six months.
Mr Lynn was suspended for speaking publicly about the need to reform the party’s pre-selection process.
In a letter to the Liberal acting state director, the outspoken former politician was critical of several party branches in south-west Sydney.
“I acknowledge receipt of your Notice of Suspension from the Liberal Party for six months in accordance with the provisions of your NSW Liberal Party Constitution,” he wrote.
“I note that I have no grounds to appeal the suspension so I have taken the liberty of elucidating my position for you.
“The suspension was obviously triggered after I responded to a request to comment on reports that the member for Hume, Angus Taylor, was likely to face a challenge (from Macarthur MP Russell Matheson) due to a change in his electorate boundary.
“It appeared that the challenge was being orchestrated by a local state MP aligned with the dominant left faction.”
Mr Lynn’s comments came following allegations Camden councillor Penny Fischer had attempted to stack the numbers of the Camden Young Liberals branch in order to secure pre-selection at the next state election and oust current Camden MP Chris Patterson.
It was alleged Cr Fischer had teamed up with Mr Taylor to also secure Mr Taylor’s pre-selection for Hume at the next federal election and counter any potential challenge from Mr Matheson.
However, Mr Matheson ruled out a potential challenge for the seat of Hume two weeks ago.