Labor MPs desert Foley
SENIOR NSW Labor MPs are abandoning Luke Foley and siding with the journalist who claims he groped her, with several now questioning the former state party leader’s plan to take legal action.
Meanwhile, the NSW premier has expressed disappointment in her minister David Elliott for publicly raising the allegations without the woman’s consent. Deputy leader Michael Daley and Labor’s highest-ranking female MP Jodi McKay yesterday threw their support behind ABC reporter Ashleigh Raper, who alleges Mr Foley put his hand down her underwear at a party in 2016.
Mr Daley said Ms Raper “did the right thing” in coming forward, even though Mr Foley had repeatedly and strongly denied the claims.
“She’s a credible person and I believe her,” he said in Sydney. “Ashleigh Raper did not deserve to be treated that way.” Mr Foley, pictured, resigned on Thursday night but wants to stay on the backbench while he pursues defamation proceedings in the Federal Court.
Ms McKay was also surprised about his plan to sue.
“Do I think that is the right decision? No,” she told reporters on the Central Coast.