Party pre­pares for life at Sharpe end

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - ROSE BREN­NAN

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.

Penny Sharpe.

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