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Barnaby Joyce Will Stand If Nationals Hold Spill

Barnaby Joyce will stand for the leadership of the federal Nationals if Michael McCormack's position is spilled along with the deputy position.

Barnaby Joyce will challenge Michael McCormack for the leadership of the National Party if the position is spilled.

Nationals MPs will meet in Canberra on Tuesday to vote for a new deputy leader after Bridget McKenzie resigned over the sports rorts scandal.

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"If there is a spill then I will put my hand up," Mr Joyce told the Seven Network on Monday.

"I will leave that up to my colleagues. They can make the call."

With Senator McKenzie stepping down as deputy, there will be a ballot for her position, but it is up to the Nationals' partyroom as to whether there is a leadership spill.