THE Liberal Party will not field candidates under the party banner for Penrith local government elections in September.
The move shocked one local Liberal Party member, who wanted to remain anonymous.
“We all have to abide by the decision, but I think it’s a poor decision,” he said.
He said given the high Liberal vote at last year’s state election and current good polling, the party stood a good chance of winning a majority on Penrith Council.
He said he believed Liberal Party factional differences were behind the decision.
“That’s why the Liberals have done themselves no favours federally either,” he said.
NSW Liberal Party head office refused to comment on the decision.
One Liberal councillor the Star spoke to also refused to comment and other Liberal councillors did not return the paper’s calls.
Labor councillor John Thain said he was surprised by his opponents’ decision.
“Why wouldn’t they endorse candidates?” Cr Thain said.
“There’s obviously a lot of ill feeling there.
“If Liberals standing as independents end up a majority on the council, that bad blood could spill over.”
Penrith Liberal state MP Stuart Ayres said it did not matter what brand good candidates used for local government elections.
“I’m confident we’ll see lots of Liberal Party members running for Penrith Council,” Mr Ayres said.
“Local government elections are about who best serves the local community.
“The focus is about providing good services.”
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