Guy returns as leader of Victorian Libs

September 7, 2021 BY

In charge: Matthew Guy has returned as leader of the Victorian Liberals, after toppling Michael O'Brien. Photo: JAMES ROSS/ AAP IMAGES

MATTHEW Guy is again the leader of the Victorian Liberals, after toppling Michael O’Brien in a leadership coup.

MPs voted 20 to 11 for a leadership spill at a party room meeting on Tuesday morning.

Mr Guy was then voted in as leader, unopposed.

He arrived at the party room meeting flanked by key supporters including MPs Tim Smith, James Newbury, Bev McArthur, Richard Riordan and Bill Tilley.

The 47-year-old former opposition leader and member for Bulleen resigned after a disastrous loss in the 2018 state election, which saw the party shed 10 of its 37 seats in the lower house.

He was replaced by Mr O’Brien, who has faced sustained criticism for failing to land political blows on Premier Daniel Andrews and his Labor government amid the pandemic.

 

– BY AAP

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