Labor Party candidates Verity Firth and Darcy Byrne vote in the community pre-selection for the State Seat of Balmain at Glebe Public School on 3 May, 2014. Verity Firth is the former Minister for Education and Member for Balmain, while Darcy Byrne is the current Mayor of Leichhardt.
Labor Party candidates Verity Firth and Darcy Byrne vote in the community pre-selection for the State Seat of Balmain at Glebe Public School on 3 May, 2014. Verity Firth is the former Minister for Education and Member for Balmain, while Darcy Byrne is the current Mayor of Leichhardt. AAP Image - NEWZULU - HUGH PETERSWALD

Verity Firth wins preselection in her old seat of Balmain

FORMER New South Wales MP Verity Firth has won preselection as a candidate in the seat she lost in the last election under new Labor Party rules.

Ms Firth lost the NSW seat of Balmain to Greens MP Jamie Parker in the last election, but on Sunday secured the community's support to run again under Labor's banner in the next state poll.

It was the second time Labor's new reforms have been used, with the community given 50% of the vote's weight against actual branch members.

The first pre-selection in NSW under the new rules saw Penny Sharp win in preselection for Newtown in a by-election in March, before being elected proper.

Ms Firth secured a huge 3000 or the reported 5000 community votes cast in the preselection, saying the new system allowed control of the party to be wrested from internal factions.


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