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AustraliaFoley's resignation could cost Labor: MPs

13:45  08 november  2018
13:45  08 november  2018 Source:   msn.com

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley resigns but denies explosive harassment allegations

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley resigns but denies explosive harassment allegations The resignation comes hours after the ABC journalist at the centre of harassment allegations released an explosive statement detailing the incident.

Labor MPs in Leighton rezoning row: Foley ' s resignation could cost Labor : MPs Many within NSW Labor believe it is up to deput The Sunday Age can also reveal that the MPs , Jude Perera (Cranbourne) and Judith Graley (Narre Warren South), received thousands of dollars in donations.

Labor MPs in Leighton rezoning row : Foley ' s resignation could cost Labor : MPs Many within NSW Labor believe it is up to deput The Sunday Age can also reveal that the MPs , Jude Perera (Cranbourne) and Judith Graley (Narre Warren South), received thousands of dollars in donations.

Foley's resignation could cost Labor: MPs© AAP Image/Joel Carrett NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley Having dragged Labor to within striking distance four months before the March state election, some MPs believe opposition leader Luke Foley's messy resignation amid allegations of harassment could well have burned any chance they have of victory.

Rumours of the alleged incident involving Mr Foley and an ABC journalist had swirled around Macquarie Street for several months.

Though it was not until Liberal MP David Elliot pulled the trigger in October and aired the allegation under parliamentary privilege that the story was widely reported.

Comment: After four years as Opposition Leader, Foley finally finds a policy - and loses the job

Comment: After four years as Opposition Leader, Foley finally finds a policy - and loses the job Luke Foley finally emerged with his own transport policy on Thursday – and held on to it for less than a day. Foley’s announcement on Thursday morning that a prospective Labor government would prioritise public transport over tolled motorways was, in his own words, an attempt to "set the stage for a contest of ideas and policies as we head towards the election". As such, the announcement marked a break from Foley’s previous posture in the role.

'He' s finished': The Labor MPs who could replace Foley As pressure mounts on Luke Foley to Federal Labor frontbencher Chris Bowen has told a business conference companies can rely on leadership and policy stability from his party.

'He's finished': The Labor MPs who could replace Foley . As pressure mounts on Luke Foley to resign , Labor planning spokesman Michael Daley "I've sent the challenge to Gladys Berejiklian. We will concentrate on policy and we won't be throwing mud." Foley ' s resignation could cost Labor : MPs .

"For weeks everyone has been thinking 'what the hell is this?'," one Labor MP told AAP on Thursday after Mr Foley's snap resignation.

"Everyone was just holding, waiting to see what came out of the ABC."

On Thursday, the journalist at the centre of the scandal laid bare her side of the story, alleging Mr Foley groped her at the 2016 Press Gallery Christmas party.

"He rested his hand on my buttocks. I completely froze," she said in a statement.

Within hours of the statement, Mr Foley had resigned as leader, with his deputy Michael Daley touted as the frontrunner to replace him.

If appointed leader, Mr Daley will have four months to make running repairs to his party while mounting a charge against Gladys Berejiklian's Liberal government.

Foley claims 'can't be tolerated': Shorten

Foley claims 'can't be tolerated': Shorten Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten says the alleged behaviour of former NSW Labor leader Luke Foley 'cannot be tolerated'. The alleged behaviour of former NSW Labor leader Luke Foley "cannot be tolerated", federal Labor leader Bill Shorten says. Mr Foley resigned on Thursday evening after ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper revealed details of a November 2016 incident in which the state opposition leader allegedly put his hand down her underpants. The former leader denies the allegations and has threatened defamation proceedings against Ms Raper.

The Labor MPs who could replace Luke Foley . He took no questions from reporters. 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 Luke Foley has announced his resignation as NSW Labor leader, but

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley resigns but denies explosive harassment allegations. The resignation comes hours after the ABC journalist at the centre of harassment 'He' s finished': The Labor MPs who could replace Foley . As pressure mounts on Luke Foley to resign , Labor planning spokesman

"It'll be Michael, everyone will fall in behind Michael," another Labor MP told AAP.

Polls had placed Labor neck and neck with the coalition in recent months, with Mr Foley having expertly exploited the government's controversial stadiums spend and delayed light rail project.

Labor MPs are hoping Mr Daley can pick up the pieces in time to regain any momentum the party had before March.

"I don't think anyone wants to go to an election with this having happened to their leader," a Labor MP told AAP.

While accepting a political scandal was bad for the Labor brand before an election, the MP said the party wouldn't lose a big personal vote from Mr Foley's departure.

"I think also, in reality, no one was going to vote for Labor because of Luke Foley's wonderful personality. People are angry with the government," they said.

One senior Liberal said while Mr Daley's political aggression could put Ms Berejiklian on the back foot, the government planned to exploit his history with disgraced Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid.

"We will make hay out of his connections," the source told AAP.

Another Labor MP said the scandal had fallen close enough to an election that it would most likely be felt in the polls.

"We need to consolidate now, it is definitely a distraction when we need to be focusing on NSW."

"It's a bloody outrage."

Call for NSW political armistice shot down.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been asked to help introduce an independent parliamentary standards commissioner to rein in poorly-behaved MPs.

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