Ex-Labor leader McKay quits NSW parliament

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Former NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay has announced she will resign from state parliament, the latest in a string of MPs to quit in recent weeks.

© Bianca De Marchi/AAP PHOTOS Former NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay has announced her resignation as the member for Strathfield.

The Member for Strathfield, who led the party for two years, on Sunday revealed her decision to quit, saying Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown had given her time to reflect and consider her future.

“It was an honour to be the first ever NSW Labor leader democratically elected by party members,” she said in a statement.

Her key achievements include championing internal reform within the party, embracing multicultural communities, and rebuilding Labor’s relationship with the bush, she said.

“Above all else, I wanted to be a leader of a party and member of parliament where everyone mattered and was valued,” she said.

The 52-year-old relinquished her position as NSW Labor leader in June, after a damaging by-election loss in the Upper Hunter.

In a tearful press conference at the time, she said she felt forced to quit, alleging she was destabilised by some within her party despite having majority support.

Chris Minns was elected by the party as her replacement.

“Over the last 15 years I have witnessed the best and worst in NSW politics,” she said on Sunday.

“(But) I have always been true to myself and my principles and have stood up for what is right, regardless of the consequences.

“I value integrity … I hope that is a legacy I leave our party and NSW politics.”‘

Ms McKay is the fifth MP to quit this month, after former premier Gladys Berejiklian resigned under a cloud of corruption allegations.

Deputy premier John Barilaro followed two days later, saying he wanted to purse other career options.

Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons announced she will quit to run against Craig Kelly for the federal seat of Hughes, while former Transport Minister Andrew Constance also announced a federal politics tilt.

He wants to win the seat of Gilmore back from Labor. 

The resignations will trigger five by-elections, at a date still to be determined.

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