CM – Labor Party crisis as top MP announces

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The NSW Labor leader faces a crisis in her own party after two senior MPs – including her most dangerous rival for the leadership position – step out of the shadow cabinet.

Jodi McKay says her position as leader is safe even after losing a by-election on the weekend and accusations of having fought in the party.

« The fact is, I have the support in the caucus, » she told the 2GB radio station on Wednesday morning .

« I am democratically elected. It is quite extraordinary to challenge a person who is democratically elected by our party simply because we had a by-election loss on a seat that we would never win. “

Although there had been no formal challenge to their leadership by Wednesday morning, the resignation of traffic spokesman Chris Minns from the shadow cabinet underscored the seriousness of Ms. McKay’s problems.

Mr Minns, believed to be the likely candidate for the role of chairman, was the subject of a dirt file distributed to journalists in the NSW Parliament’s press gallery after Labor lost in Upper Hunter’s by-election on Saturday.

Ms. McKay said she had no idea the file existed until reporters alerted her, but revealed that an agent in her deputy Yasmin Catley’s office had resigned because of its distribution.

« I am obviously very disappointed with news yesterday that the Labor Party office vice-chairman distributed a filth, « he said.

He added that neither Ms. McKay nor Ms. Catley had contacted him to explain what happened.

« As a result, my position in the shadow cabinet is untenable and I will resign with immediate effect, » Minns said .

At a press conference on Wednesday morning, Mr Minns spoke to the media about « negative politics » not working for the Labor Party.

« I think the Labor Party has been too negative for the past two years. I don’t think negative politics work, ”he said.

« I think there is real space for the NSW Labor Party and social democratic parties around the world to find the answers that working families and working people face.

 » I think if you play negative politics against the government, it won’t work – and negative politics against our own won’t work either. « 

Mr Minns said he was not a challenge to the leadership but would » be with colleagues in the days ahead talk about the best way forward « .

 » I can no longer serve in a Shadow Ministry headed by Jodi McKay, « Secord said in a statement.

He said that he and Ms. McKay, although they are at times disagreed, had been a ‘team player’.

« But this morning the actions of a member of the deputy Labor leader who was distributing a file on a colleague were totally unacceptable, » said Secord.

Mrs. Catley promised their absolute support for Ms. McKay at a press conference in the Gardens of Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

« I think Jodi is the best person for Labor to get to the next election, » said Ms. Catley.

 » I believe her integrity and commitment to work are real, and the fact that she is back today shows the strength of her character. « 

Labor Upper Hunter candidate Jeff Drayton received 21st Percent of the primary vote, while Nationals candidate David Layzell received 31 percent.

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