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NT opposition in chaos as Lib Dems secure dissidents


Former Country Liberal, now independent senator and LDP candidate, Sam McMahon

More prominent Northern Territory conservatives have quit the Country Liberal Party, joining four other high profile members who've resigned in recent months.


Two more prominent Country Liberal Party members have resigned from the Northern Territory conservative political party, joining four others who've quit in recent months.


Former NT deputy chief minister Peter Styles and Linda Fazldeen on Friday joined party vice president Jed Hansen, who walked out last week.


Former CLP Senator Sam McMahon says the party is in a shambles less than two months from the federal election as the NT News reports allegations of poor management, backstabbing and whisper campaigns.


Leader Lia Finocchiaro attempted to brush aside the accusations saying people and come and go from political parties and she was sad to see Mr Styles and Ms Fazldeen leave, telling reporters in Alice Springs:

"I respect their decision.
"I'll be reaching out to Peter and Linda later today and expressing my regret."

Other recent resignations include Ms McMahon, who resigned from the party in January, and party president Jamie De Brenni, who quite in late-February.


Candidate for the federal lower house seat of Solomon, Kylie Bonanni, stepped down on Monday and on Friday announced that she was joining the Liberal Democrats.


Ms McMahon has also joined the Liberal Democrats in a bid to retain her NT Senate seat after losing a losing a fierce CLP preselection battle to Jacinta Price last year.


The Liberal Democrats has agreed to swap preferences with Clive Palmer's United Australia Party at the election.

It will also be hoping that former Queensland premier Campbell Newman can win a Senate seat in his home state.


The party says it stands for individual liberty, free markets, small government, with limited government spending and regulation, and low taxation.


"Australia is in peril," the party says on its webpage.


"The national trial we face is caused by a failure of political leadership - our state and federal leaders from both major parties have proven themselves inept."