Man tipped to replace Luke Foley refuses to detail their conversation
The deputy leader of the NSW Labor party has refused to give details about a call he made to Luke Foley Thursday night but insists he offered no deals.
Mr Foley resigned Thursday afternoon as state Opposition leader following explosive allegations he groped an ABC journalist in 2016.
Mr Foley intends to fight the accusations and has launched defamation proceedings against the ABC.
The man tipped to replace him is Michael Daley – the current deputy Opposition leader.
Mr Daley admits he spoke to Mr Foley last night, but has refused to give details about the conversation despite being pressed on the matter.
“I had a conversation with Luke last night, yes,” he tells Chris Smith
“The rule I have, whether I’m talking to you or to anyone else, Chris, is that I don’t disclose details of any personal conversations.”
But Mr Daley insists he offered Mr Foley no comfort or deals.
“What your listeners will want to know is whether I gave him any comfort about his future, or did deals with him, or offered him any and the answer is unequivocally no.”
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Mr Daley has made it clear that he believes ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper, who accused Mr Foley of sexual harassment in a detailed statement on Thursday.
He says Mr Foley shouldn’t pursue defamation action.
“I’m calling on him to not do that.
“Ashleigh wants to put a line under it now… and Luke should consider whether he wants to proceed with that. I would encourage him not to.”