Luke Foley elected unopposed as NSW Labor leader

(AAP)

Luke Foley has been elected unopposed as leader of the NSW Labor Party.

Luke Foley has been elected unopposed as leader of the NSW Labor Party.

Returning officer Guy Zangari made the announcement shortly after a special caucus meeting on Monday morning.

The result was widely expected after Mr Foley's main rival for the leadership, shadow treasurer Michael Daley, pulled out of the running last week when ALP head office threw its support behind Mr Foley.

Mr Foley, who is environment and planning spokesman, replaces John Robertson as opposition leader who quit after admitting to signing a letter on behalf of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis as his local MP in 2011.

He was the only nominee for the party's leadership and was elected unopposed.

Linda Burney will continue to serve as deputy leader, Mr Zangari confirmed.

NSW is due to go to the polls in March, with the Mike Baird-led coalition heavily favoured to be returned.

Mr Foley, 44, will now try to switch from the upper house of parliament to the lower house.

He's expected to push to become the ALP's candidate for the western Sydney seat of Auburn, held by Labor's Barbara Perry.

Mr Foley is from the party's left faction and a devoted Catholic who opposes gay marriage.

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Source AAP

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