Daley takes reins from Burney as NSW Labor deputy leader

SHADOW Treasurer Michael Daley has been named NSW Labor's new deputy leader, filling a vacancy left by Linda Burney's switch to the federal arena.

The Maroubra MP was unanimously elected as the sole nominee to replace Ms Burney at a party caucus meeting on Monday.

"I'm very grateful to have received the unanimous support of my colleagues this afternoon," Mr Daley said at a media conference.

"It's an honour and a privilege to take up the role of deputy leader."

Mr Daley said he would work closely with Opposition Leader Luke Foley to apply tough scrutiny to the Baird Government.

Mr Foley congratulated his new second-in-command and promised to stick by a commitment to boost the number of women to leadership roles once Ms Burney had officially left.

He said he already had more women on his front bench than Premier Mike Baird, despite having five fewer frontbenchers overall.

"So I won't be taking any lectures from Mr Baird and his colleagues about the advancement of women in this parliament, because it's all happening on the Labor side," Mr Foley said.

Ms Burney has already been pre-selected to run in the federal seat of Barton in the upcoming election. - APN NEWSDESK


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