Liberal Country Party

The Liberal Country Party (LCP) was a splinter group of the United Country Party, the Victorian branch of the Australian Country Party, formed after federal MP John McEwen was expelled from the state branch for accepting a ministry in the Lyons-Page Coalition government in 1937. Following a tumultuous party conference in 1938, another federal MP, Thomas Paterson, led a hundred McEwen supporters to form the LCP, a faction of the party loyal to the federal party.[1] The breach had been resolved by 1943.[2]


  1. Costar, B. J. (1988). "Paterson, Thomas (1882–1952)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  2. "Victorian C.P. Amalgamation". The Daily Advertiser. Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.: National Library of Australia. 10 April 1943. p. 2. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
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