Party prepares for life at Sharpe end
PENNY Sharpe will become the most powerful woman in the NSW Labor Party when she is today elevated to the deputy leadership position.
There is wide support for Ms Sharpe — an experienced upper house MP — to take on the role previously held by Michael Daley, who today is expected to become the new leader of the party.
Ms Sharpe is a progressive politician who sits on the left of Labor and entered politics on the same day as Mr Daley in 2005. “As soon as it was proposed we all went: ‘Yes, Penny’ — she’s well liked, she’s smart and she’s sensible,” party heavyweight Walt Secord said.
Ms Sharpe is currently Opposition spokeswoman for the environment and was the architect of high-profile law changes this year that brought in safe access zones around abortions clinics.
“With Penny we will be able to appeal to progressive urban electorate and Daley will appeal to traditional Labor voters and suburban, country and regional NSW,” a senior Labor source.