Michael O'Brien's Victorian Liberal Party leadership under threat from Matthew Guy

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The Victorian Liberal Party could have a new leader as early as tomorrow, with former leader Matthew Guy to challenge for the top job when Parliament resumes this week.
Victorian Liberal MPs Matthew Guy and Tim Smith have resigned from the Shadow Cabinet ahead of a likely challenge to the leadership of Michael O'Brien.

Key points: The spill will be the second attempt to oust Mr O'Brien within six months

The spill will be the second attempt to oust Mr O'Brien within six months Senior party sources say Mr Guy has the support to topple Mr O'Brien

Senior party sources say Mr Guy has the support to topple Mr O'Brien A party meeting will be held tomorrow, when Parliament resumes

The spill will be the second attempt in six months to oust current leader Michael O'Brien, who has faced criticism for failing to land a blow on the Premier Daniel Andrews throughout the pandemic.

Speculation has been rife for months about Mr Guy's return to the leadership but party sources have told the ABC he will make a tilt for the position tomorrow.

The ABC understands Mr Guy has the numbers needed to succeed in the leadership challenge.

One senior source from the Matthew Guy camp has told the ABC they are confident they have the support of about two thirds of the party room.

O'Brien under scrutiny over pandemic performance

Mr O'Brien briefly spoke to journalists outside his office on Spring Street this afternoon, but refused to answer questions about whether he had the numbers to keep the top job.

"I've taken the decision to arrange an in-person meeting ... of the parliamentary Liberal Party ... tomorrow morning," he said.

"It's time to put these issues to bed because Victorians want the…
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