Liberal leadership spill this morning

WA Premier Colin Barnett will face a leadership challenge today.

Liberal MLA Murray Cowper has announced he will call a leadership spill in the party room meeting that has been set down for 10am.

The challenge comes after former Transport Minister Dean Nalder resigned on Saturday, claiming Mr Barnett’s leadership was “erratic and illogical” during a time of economic unrest and job uncertainty following the mining boom.

Former Local Government Minister Tony Simpson announced his resignation just 24 hours earlier.

Mr Cowper wants a new leader and said in a statement yesterday Mr Barnett would not honour his previous promise to step aside if it was in the best interests of the party.