Rival political parties stage gatherings at the same weekend in the country

SITTING MEMBER: Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock faces a challenge from Liberal Kendall Jackson at next year's state election.
SITTING MEMBER: Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock faces a challenge from Liberal Kendall Jackson at next year's state election.

A lucrative fundraiser was held for the Liberal Party at Mount Bryan last weekend.

CANDIDATE: Liberal candidate for Frome Kendall Jackson chats with Opposition leader Steven Marshall.

CANDIDATE: Liberal candidate for Frome Kendall Jackson chats with Opposition leader Steven Marshall.

Special guest was Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

About 300 people, many of them from the party’s conservative wing, attended the event at a private property.

Ironically, at the same weekend, Labor party officials met in Clare to discuss strategy for next year’s state election.

It is thought that once a candidate for the seat of Frome has been chosen, there will be an annual general meeting.

State party secretary Reggie Martin attended the meeting in Clare.

Both Liberal and Labor members are grappling with new campaign contribution laws which centralise contributions and fundraising proceeds.

Frome has been held by Independent Geoff Brock since 2009.

Warnertown’s Kendall Jackson is the Liberal candidate. So far no other contenders have stepped forward with their nominations.