Member for Campbelltown Greg Warren won’t pursue a leadership role in the NSW Labor Party on the back of Opposition Leader Luke Foley’s resignation amid a sexual harassment allegation.
“My first and foremost ambition is to be the best Member for Campbelltown that I possibly can be,” Mr Warren said.
“In terms of anything beyond that, that’s a matter for the leader to decide but it’s not where my focus is.”
Mr Foley announced he resignation on Thursday afternoon, after ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper aired details of an incident in which the politician allegedly put his hand inside her underwear at a 2016 parliamentary Christmas after-party in Sydney's CBD.
Mr Warren declined to weigh into the specifics of the case, which is subject to potential legal action, but did say he was “deeply concerned” about the allegations levelled at Mr Foley.
“The events that have transpired in the past few days regarding Luke Foley are disturbing and something my community and I personally, don’t condone nor will ever stand for,” he said.
Mr Warren will throw his “full support” behind the party’s current deputy, Michael Daley to become the NSW Opposition leader.
“Despite the kind words and humble support on social media, I will not be a candidate in the ballot for the Labor NSW leadership,” Mr Warren said.
“I offered my unwavering support to Michael Daley and he gratefully accepted.”
Mr Warren said Mr Daley would excel in his role as the next Labor Premier of NSW.
“He has the experience, the knowledge and the will to succeed in the top job and his record speaks for itself,” Mr Warren said.
“I believe NSW Labor will emerge stronger and more unified than ever, and I look forward to seeing Michael Daley etch his name in history as the next NSW Labor Premier come March 23, 2019.”