La­bor MPs desert Fo­ley

The Observer - - NATION -

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.

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