NSW Labor appoints Jodi McKay, 49, as his new leader – after THREE months without having anyone in control
- Jodi McKay won a fiercely disputed vote to become the opposition leader of NSW
- The Strathfield MP won 60.5 percent of the votes for Kogarah MP Chris Minns
- Shadow treasurer Ryan Park and Julia Finn were the ones behind McKay
- Rural NSW, Western Sydney and multicultural communities will be her priority
Jodi McKay has had a fiercely contested round to become NSW & # 39; s new opposition leader on what she says & # 39; is an important day in Labor & # 39; s journey back to the government & # 39 ;.
The Strathfield MP won 60.5 percent of the vote against Kogarah MP Chris Minns on Saturday and ended three months of doubts about who will take over after the state elections.
She received 29 votes for Mr Minns' minis in the caucus and received 63 percent of 10,822 ordinary votes.
& # 39; I want to thank all Labor Party members who participated in this history-making process, & # 39 ;, McKay said in a statement.
Jodi McKay has won a fiercely contested vote to become NSW & # 39; s new opposition leader on what she says that & # 39; an important day in Labor & # 39; s journey back to government & # 39; is
Shadow treasurer Ryan Park (left) and Julia Finn (right) belonged to almost a dozen behind McKay (center)
& # 39; From our oldest members of life to the newest recruits from Labor, to our union members – this competition has given our movement a new impulse. & # 39;
Mr Minns and Mrs. McKay, both from the party's good faction, voted for their final pitches with parliamentary colleagues at the NSW parliamentary house earlier on Saturday.
Although the vote is a secret vote, supporters of both candidates flanked the contenders when they entered the meeting.
Shadow treasurer Ryan Park and Julia Finn were among a dozen to support McKay while Courtney Houssos and Walt Secord were among the 13 backlog of Mr. Minns.
Former leader Michael Daley and interim leader Penny Sharpe were the ones who walked around alone.
The meeting was not without drama, with Bankstown MP Tania Mihailuk and landlord MP Mark Buttigieg exchanging warm words outside the banquet hall.
The Strathfield MP won 60.5 percent of the vote on Saturday after NSW Labor had not been a leader almost three months ago since the state election. Pictured with Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park and Granville MP Julia Finn
Mr. Minns, who spoke vainly to Mr. Daley for leadership last year, congratulated Ms. McKay with & # 39; an overwhelming result & # 39; and said she deserved the win.
& # 39; I have seen her up close in the past month and her debate ability, policy and experience is what NSW Labor should win & # 39 ;, he said in a statement.
& # 39; My job now is to work with her to see a Labor government in NSW in 2023 and to be a loyal member of her unified team. & # 39;
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet quickly offered a fictitious message, but wished McKay that she had an & # 39; impossible task & # 39; saw.
Kogarah MP Chris Minns congratulated Jodi McKay with & # 39; an overwhelming result & # 39; and said she deserved the win
& # 39; It was not the leader who was the Labor Party's problem, it was his unreachable policies and values, & # 39; he said.
During her leadership campaign, Ms. McKay emphasized her & # 39; reputation for standing up against powerful and established interests & # 39; and says she can beat Premier Gladys Berejiklian during the 2023 poll.
She said that reaching out to rural areas of NSW, western Sydney and multicultural communities would be a priority under her leadership and that education policy was a & # 39; critical issue & # 39; is.
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