Liberal Country Party

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The Liberal Country Party (LCP) was a splinter group of the Victorian branch of the Australian Country Party, formed after federal MP John McEwen was expelled from the state branch, the United Country Party, 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 over 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.