Malcolm Turnbull has received a petition calling for a Liberal partyroom meeting.

The prime minister says once the 43 signatures are verified by the whips, the meeting will be called, at which he intends to spill the Liberal leadership.

“I have just been provided with a request for a meeting of the Parliamentary Liberal Party. It has 43 signatures,” he tweeted.

“As soon as they are verified by the Whips, which should not take long, the meeting will be called.”

Mr Turnbull on Thursday said he would hold the meeting at midday on Friday if he received the petition.

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But he had insisted on seeing 43 signatures before he would convene the meeting.

Challenger Peter Dutton met with Mr Turnbull just moments before Mr Turnbull tweeted.

AAP.

KIIS 1065 Sydney