New South Wales Opposition Leader Michael Daley has stood down from his position until a leadership ballot can be held.
Mr Daley’s leadership has come under enormous pressure following Labor’s poor showing in Saturday’s state election, where the ALP has only manage to pick up two seats from the Coalition.
Labor was seen as a chance of snatching victory until the leaking of a video of Mr Daley attacking Asian migrants, and embarrassing stumbles during a people’s forum derailed the party’s campaign in the final week.
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The New South Wales Labor Party announced today that a leadership ballot would be delayed until after the Federal Election so as not to interfere with campaigning.
In a statement, Mr Daley said standing down was the right thing to do, but plans to put his hand up for the role again.
“It is in keeping with the spirit of the State Labor Party’s Caucus rules requiring a rank and file election of the Leader.”
“To do otherwise would be an unnecessary distraction from the task of electing a Shorten Labor Government in a few weeks time.”
“I will be contesting the leadership when nominations are called for that position.”
Deputy Labor Leader Penny Sharpe will be the party’s interim leader until the ballot is held.
No other Labor MPs have yet confirmed if they will run for the leadership.
However Kogarah MP Chris Minns is expected to challenge Mr Daley, while Shadow Transport Spokesperson Jodi McKay is also being encouraged to run.
Meantime Premier Gladys Berejiklian has secured majority Government for the Coalition as counting continues.
The Coalition has picked up the 47th seat needed to govern in its own right after Nationals candidate Dugald Saunders pulled ahead of Labor in the seat of Dubbo.
ABC election analyst Antony Green has also declared that Labor has picked up the northern New South Wales seat of Lismore from the Nationals.
The Sydney seat of East Hills remains the only seat in doubt, with Liberal candidate Wendy Lindsay leading Labor’s Cameron Murphy.