Victorian ALP pro-life warrior Lizzie Blandthorn has lobbed a bomb in the direction of the senior apparatchiks ahead of Labor's state conference on Saturday, in an eleventh hour bid to become party president.

Crikey understands that the ambitious Blandthorn, the early-30s chief-of -staff to SDA-aligned Victorian sports minister James Merlino, has submitted a nomination for party officer and has been actively canvassing for votes as the ballot looms.