NSW Labor rips into ex-leader
SENIOR NSW Labor MPs are abandoning Luke Foley and siding with the journalist who claims he groped her, with several questioning the former state party leader’s planned legal action.
While Mr Foley was hoping to sit on the backbench after his resignation, it is understood Labor’s candidate review committee agreed yesterday to consider disendorsing him.
His likely replacement as Labor leader, Michael Daley, said he did not want Mr Foley in the party.
“He has the right to stay in the parliament until March. Whether he stays there as a Labor Party member or not is a different matter,” Mr Daley told Sky News.
“Frankly if I’m the leader of the Labor Party, I don’t want him sitting in our ranks.”
He and high-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 repeatedly and strongly denied the claims.
He believes nothing good will come of Mr Foley remaining in parliament.
“It will be damaging for everyone, particularly for Ashleigh Raper,” he said. “I think Luke should carefully reconsider whether he wants to take those legal proceedings or not.”
Mr Daley will be challenged for the leadership by Chris Minns, who also supported Ms Raper and said Mr Foley should leave parliament altogether.
Ms McKay was surprised about Mr Foley’s plan to sue.
“Do I think that is the right decision? No,” she said on the Central Coast.
“This just prolongs what Ashleigh has gone through.”
Police have told ABC management they will investigate should Ms Raper make a complaint.