WATCH: Groom MP Ian Macfarlane leaves party vote meeting
UPDATE: It was a mixed bag of reactions from the LNP rank and file members leaving the Toowoomba RSL this afternoon.
After 90 minutes of what one member described as "robust discussion", the 140-strong members filed out onto Ruthven St, some smiling and others appearing disappointed.
Despite winning the local support, Ian Macfarlane said he would not be making any official comment ahead of Monday's state executive meeting, and would not speculate as to what that meeting would bring.
"I mean, politics is an unpredictable game but obviously the Groom federal division committee has made their decision," he said.
Other LNP members were equally short on comment.
Those that did answer questions from waiting media were brief and succinct.
Nationals Deputy Leader and Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce had walked into the meeting with Mr Macfarlane.
Mr Joyce, who was in Toowoomba representing Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, also dodged reporters.
"I'll let Ian do the talking," he said.
State Condamine MP Pat Weir described the lengthy meeting as "robust".
"It was a robust discussion and everyone their the chance to have their say, that's the biggest thing," the state member for Condamine, Pat Weir, said.
"Nobody can walk out of there and say they didn't have the opportunity to have their say."
2PM: Ian Macfarlane is one step closer to joining the Nationals after he successfully won a member vote this morning.
A 90-minute "robust" discussion preceded the critical vote in Toowoomba this morning, with LNP president Gary Spence making a short statement to waiting media.
He said the majority of members in Groom supported Mr Macfarlane's bid to switch from the Liberals to the Nationals.
"The Groom members of the Liberal National Party today passed a resolution supporting Ian Macfarlane's proposal to sit with the National Party in Canberra," Mr Spence said.
"They also reaffirmed Ian's pre-selection as our candidate for the seat of Groom for the next election."
Mr Macfarlane will now go on to seek permission from the LNP State Executive at a meeting in Brisbane on Monday.
EARLIER: IAN Macfarlane will this morning learn if he was one step closer to becoming a member of the Nationals Party.
The current Liberal member will face the LNP faithful in a meeting in Toowoomba this morning as he seeks approval from the Groom electorate to switch parties.
Local rank-and-file members will vote on the move this morning at a federal divisional council meeting.
Federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is expected to talk on behalf of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the Financial Review reports, as will LNP president Gary Spence.
If Mr Macfarlane gets approval to switch parties - a topic which is shrouded in speculation - he will go on to face the LNP state executive in Brisbane on Monday.
Mr Macfarlane was elected in 1998 as a Liberal and had held various positions within the Coalition governments since then, most recently of which was the Industry and Science portfolio in the Abbott government.
But he was asked to step aside for Christopher Pyne in the September reshuffle when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull won the leadership spill - a political coup in which the Groom MP had played a vital role.
Mr Macfarlane's party switch has been reported as a calculated move in an effort to regain a senior leadership role under the Nationals.