NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay has stepped down after a week of intense pressure surrounding her position.
A teary Ms McKay said resigning was “the only way” to unite Labor, even though she retained the support of caucus.
“It is clear that although I was elected leader in a democratic ballot there are those within our party who have never accepted the outcome of that process,” she said.
“I have spent the last six days reflecting on how to achieve unity. And I have decided this offers the party the best opportunity to heal and move forward.
“There has to be a future where there is no destabilising of the leader from within.”
Ms McKay will stay on in Parliament and she will return “raring to go” after a short break in rural NSW.
Chris Minns is the current favourite to replace Ms McKay.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.