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NSW Liberal party execs step down

AAP logoAAP 15/09/2016

Two senior members of the NSW Liberals will step down from the party organisation on Friday.

State president Trent Zimmerman and vice-president Julian Leeser are now federal MPs and want to focus their efforts on representing their seats.

"While there are undoubtedly some ongoing challenges ahead for the division, I believe it is now the right time to hand over responsibility to one of our hard-working vice-presidents," Mr Zimmerman said in a statement on Thursday.

The party's biggest branch has been in a state of upheaval in recent months, with several prominent members calling for reform after the disappointing federal election results in traditionally safe NSW seats.

Several of the party's key powerbrokers were asked to resign from the state council in August to try to reduce the influence of professional lobbyists.

The request, from state director Chris Stone, came after former prime minister Tony Abbott launched a damning attack on lobbyists, branding them "factional warlords" who created "the potential for corruption".

Mr Zimmerman rejected the claims at the time, arguing some lobbyists were being unfairly targeted.

The party had undertaken significant constitutional reform in the past 12 months, the North Sydney MP said on Thursday.

"I believe those reforms have strengthened the party, and with a number of other initiatives will provide more opportunities for members to be involved and make membership even more meaningful," he said.

An acting president will step into the role once Mr Zimmerman's resignation becomes effective on Friday, with a formal vote to follow in coming weeks.

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