A federal Liberal MP is reportedly considering quitting the party and running as an independent because he fears the preselection to reconstitute his Sydney seat.
Craig Kelly, who is a member of the Liberal Right, is the MP for the south and was one of the party members who backed the push to exit prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in August.
This has caused an upset amongst the Liberal members of the Hughes branch, where the moderate wing is now believed to have the numbers to deny Mr Kelly preselection.
Mr Kelly has told Fairfax Media left the liberal party is "a future possibility".
"I'm still very hopeful in a preselection contest," Mr Kelly told Fairfax on Thursday. "My 100 percent concentration is on my job which is to represent my electorate until the end of this term."