Michael Daley Elected NSW Labor Leader Following Luke Foley's Resignation
Michael Daley has been elected as the NSW Labor leader, taking the party to the March 2019 election after Luke Foley's resignation.
The Member for Maroubra received 33 of 45 votes in a caucus meeting on Saturday afternoon, while Chris Minns received the other 12.
The switch left Daley's deputy Labor leader job open, with the only nominee Penny Sharpe picked as his replacement.
Daley joined the parliament in 2005. He was the former Minister for Finance, Police and Roads when Labor was last in government in NSW, between 2008 and 2011. He has also acted as shadow treasurer and shadow police minister while in opposition.
A former lawyer, deputy mayor of Randwick city council and president of the Randwick rugby club, Daley is married with four children.
He was at the centre of an ugly incident in 2012 when he was ejected from the parliament chamber after allegations he was drunk. He later admitted he "had a few drinks" but denied being drunk.
After the vote, Daley told reporters that leading the NSW branch of the Labor party was an honour and he vowed to win the next state election.
"I am not here to save the furniture. We are here to win the 2019 election. And that is what we will do for the people who rely so heavily on us," he said.
"The Labor Party stands today as a united team, ready to govern, we are full of fighting spirit, we are hungry, we will win the election in March 2019."
Daley said his policy priorities would be reducing road tolls in western Sydney, driving down energy bills through the growth of renewable energy, providing jobs to the suburbs and regions of NSW, and making Sydney more livable.
The deputy leader emerged on Friday as the frontrunner to replace Foley but within hours 39-year-old Chris Minns, Labor Member for Kogarah, also threw his hat in the ring.
Daley threw his support behind ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper following allegations Luke Foley put his hand inside her dress and underpants while attending a Parliamentary Christmas party in 2016.
"She's a credible person and I believe her," he told reporters in Sydney. "Ashleigh Raper did not deserve to be treated that way."
Foley resigned on Thursday only hours after Raper detailed the allegations, which were first raised by Corrections Minister David Elliott under parliamentary privilege in October, in a statement.
Foley has denied the allegation but said he won't seek re-election to parliament.