Macfarlane tight lipped on future after failed defection

Groom MP Ian Macfarlane after the LNP meeting of Groom electorate on Saturday in Toowoomba.
Groom MP Ian Macfarlane after the LNP meeting of Groom electorate on Saturday in Toowoomba. Kevin Farmer

IAN Macfarlane has refused to outline to his loyal supporters what his failed Nationals party switch bid means for his electorate.

The Groom MP enjoyed a groundswell of support from his local constituents as he got their permission to join the Nationals but was blocked on Monday afternoon when the LNP state executive voted to preserve the party's relationship with the federal Coalition.

The rejection has left the veteran politician in limbo with regards to his future in parliament, and what it means for his Groom backers.

While he said at the time he would take time to consider what that meant for his political future, Mr Macfarlane has since hinted that if he doesn't feel welcome in the Liberal party room in February, he'll throw in the towel.

Mr Macfarlane granted one interview yesterday after refusing to talk about what the LNP state executive's rejection of his Liberal to Nationals shift meant for the people of Groom.

He said he would be the last "one to bemoan" the rough and tough political game.

He said he would make a decision while holidaying with his family on the Sunshine Coast but would not announce it to his loyal supporters back in Toowoomba or the Darling Downs.

But that decision won't be made until after he has gauged the situation in Canberra.

"I'll get some time to think about it all and I'll come back, gauge how things are going in Canberra, and obviously the plan at the moment (is) to return to the February sittings and see what happens from that," he told the ABC.

"The world is a very complicated place.

"I may make a decision, but I won't announce it.

"That's a decision I want to make in the cool of the evening."

Topics:  darling downs federal government groom ian macfarlane lnp politics toowoomba

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