Michael Daley has been elected as the NSW Labor leader to take 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 Mr Daley’s deputy Labor leader job open, with the only nominee Penny Sharpe picked as his replacement.
Mr Foley resigned after ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper issued a statement alleging he put his hand through the back of her dress and groped her at a 2016 Christmas party.
He has denied the allegation but said he won’t seek re-election to parliament.
Deputy leader Michael Daley on Friday emerged as the frontrunner to replace Mr Foley but within hours 39-year-old Chris Minns, Labor Member for Kogarah and party spokesman on water, also threw his hat in the ring.
Both men distanced themselves from Mr Foley, who they suggested should leave the party altogether.
Mr Daley told reporters after the vote 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.”
Mr 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.
After the vote Mr Minns was asked by journalists if he was disappointed at the result.
“I’m a realist. It’s a great day for Michael and I know he’s going to be the next premier of NSW – I’m convinced of that and I’m genuinely looking forward to being part of this team.
“Now it’s onto the next election and take the fight up to Gladys Berejiklian,” Mr Minns said.
Mr Daley said he was from the suburbs where he had seen the struggles ordinary people went through and where he had forged his admiration for working people.
“My first job as an 11 or 12-year-old was delivering newspapers in South Maroubra through the housing estates.”
Mr Daley said he worked for Customs and put himself through law at night.
“I worked for 20 years before I came to this place. I was driven to enter public life to make life better to those people that I grew up with and pursue policies that would improve their lives.”