Luke Foley won’t seek re-election amid a sexual harassment scandal, leaving the NSW Labor caucus to choose who to lead the party to the looming state election.
Mr Foley on Thursday resigned after ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper issued a statement alleging he groped her at a 2016 Christmas party. He has denied the allegation.
Deputy leader Michael Daley on Friday emerged as the frontrunner to replace Mr Foley but within hours 39-year-old Chris Minns also threw his hat in the ring.
Both men distanced themselves from Mr Foley, who they suggested should leave the party altogether.
Mr Foley announced shortly after he would not seek re-endorsement for the seat of Auburn and will exit politics at the March election.
The Labor caucus is expected to meet on Saturday afternoon to decide who will lead the party at least until then.
Meanwhile, premier Gladys Berejiklian described Ms Raper’s decision to release her statement as “courageous”.
Ms Berejiklian added she was disappointed in her own minister David Elliott for originally airing the allegations under parliamentary privilege despite not having the consent of Ms Raper.