Kroger holds on to Vic Lib presidency

Kaitlyn Offer
Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger is again being challenged for the top job

Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger has been re-elected.

Former vice-president Greg Hannan had thrown his hat in the ring and but was unsuccessful when the ballot was announced at the state council meeting at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

Mr Kroger thanked delegates for keeping him on and Mr Hannan for his service to the party.

"We've had to make some difficult decisions, that's the nature of politics," Mr Kroger told the conference.

He then backed Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, declaring: "We'll be campaigning very hard against every sitting Labor member that rorted the taxpayer."

Last year former Howard government minister Peter Reith took a stand against Mr Kroger but withdrew after suffering a stroke just weeks before the ballot.

Factional infighting has become rampant in recent years within the party, over its direction and finances.

In March, the Liberals went to the Federal Court against major donor the Cormack Foundation over the rights to a $70 million war chest.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy used his speech to rally the troops, vowing to "make Victoria safe again".