Nationals MP offers no promise of party loyalty post-election

Coalition MP Kevin Hogan has left the door open to sitting on the crossbench if Bill Shorten wins the May election, turning him into a key figure in the event of a hung Parliament.

Mr Joyce is facing his own challenge in New England, where rising independent Adam Blakester is running a crowd-funded Cathy McGowan-style campaign.

Nationals MP offers no promise of party loyalty post-election

The Nationals MP faces a battle to hold onto his seat if there is a swing against the government; he sits in one of three key seats in northern NSW, along with the Coalition strongholds of New England and Cowper. Internal polling shows in a worst case scenario Mr Hogan is 52-48 ahead of Labor candidate Patrick Deegan.