Daley likely to try to resurrect Labor in NSW
NSW LABOR will elect a new leader today with Luke Foley’s deputy Michael Daley to pitch himself as a man of the people as he tries to salvage the party.
With NSW Labor in disarray, a raft of high-profile ALP figures – led by Mr Daley – yesterday declared they believed journalist Ashleigh Raper, who has accused disgraced Mr Foley of putting his hand inside the back of her underpants at a 2016 Christmas party. Mr Foley strenuously denies the claims.
And the party is in crisis talks over how to move on from the scandal just five months out from the state election. Labor fears it is now at serious risk of losing Mr Foley’s seat of Auburn.
Mr Foley went to ground yesterday, 24 hours after pledging he would sue for defamation and declaring the allegations were false.
Mr Daley will face off against Opposition water spokesman Chris Minns in a showdown for the leadership at 2pm today.
Last night, key figures from the dominant right faction – and a good portion of Labor’s left faction – were locked in behind Mr Daley, who is the strong favourite to win the ballot. However, Mr Minns’ supporters continued to work the phones.
Penny Sharpe is expected to be the sole candidate for deputy. Mr Daley said he believed he would be a new type of Labor leader “of and from the families in the suburbs”.