NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes says “factional heavyweights” should not decide who replaces Gladys Berejiklian.
Mr Stokes said he was “confident” he would win the party room ballot on Tuesday to decide the next Liberal Party leader and premier after he announced his intention to run on Saturday.
“I just believe in terms of experience, I offer more,” Mr Stokes said outside his northern beaches home on Monday.
“I feel very confident that I have every chance of being successful, but after all the main game here is to give a choice to the people of the party room.
“We are a democratic society; I think there could be nothing more appropriate than leaving the choice in the hands of the members of the parliament who represent the people of NSW. I don’t think it’s appropriate to leave the choice to factional heavyweights.”