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Jodi McKay nominates for NSW Labor leadership

Jodi McKay is expected to throw her hat into the ring to lead the NSW Labor party. (AAP)

Chris Minns and Jodi McKay will battle it out for the NSW Labor leadership following the party's bruising state election defeat in March.

Frontbencher Jodi McKay has confirmed she will run for the leadership of the NSW Labor party against right faction colleague Chris Minns.

Minns, the member for Kogarah, threw his hat in the ring on Thursday, arguing he would be the "new generation" leader Labor needed after three successive state election losses.

But Ms McKay announced on Friday morning she believes she has the best chance of leading the ALP back into government.

Jodi McKay (centre) at a press conference at Mortdale railway station in Sydney on 12 November, 2018.
Jodi McKay (centre) at a press conference at Mortdale railway station in Sydney on 12 November, 2018.
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"Right now, I believe I can beat Gladys Berejiklian," the member for Strathfield told reporters in Homebush West.

"Right now, I believe I can win the 2023 election."

She promised to make education a key priority if elected.

Nominations for the leadership close at 2pm on Friday.

Interim leader Penny Sharpe has held the top job since former leader Michael Daley stepped down following Labor's resounding defeat in the March state election.

A leadership spill is required following a defeat under the party's rule.

A ballot of both the caucus and rank-and-file members will be held with both blocks given equal weight.

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