Luke Foley resigns as NSW Labor leader, says ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper harassment allegations are ‘false’: LIVE

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“NSW Labor planning spokesman Michael Daley is the frontrunner to become the next Opposition Leader, after Luke Foley resigned in the wake of a damning harassment allegation by an ABC journalist.

Luke Foley's potential likely replacement, Michael Daley.

Luke Foley’s potential likely replacement, Michael Daley.
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Mr Daley, who is deputy leader of the NSW Labor Party, is regarded by many MPs as the only viable successor to Mr Foley, but other names in the mix include Chris Minns and Jodi McKay.

As news of the allegation against Mr Foley landed like a bombshell in party circles, Labor MPs began rallying behind Mr Daley to take the reins of the party as “quickly as possible”, describing Mr Foley’s position as untenable.

One MP told the Herald Mr Daley had the ‘overwhelming support of the partyroom’.

Another MP described Mr Daley as a ‘steady hand’ who had ‘leadership qualities’.”

The Labor caucus was scheduled to meet on Tuesday, but it is almost certain to be brought forward following Mr Foley’s resignation.

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