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Labor seeks new leader as White stands down

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Opposition Leader Rebecca White will not re-contest the party's leadership following Labor's third consecutive election loss.

Ms White announced her decision to stand down on Saturday saying it had been an honour to lead for four years, but a change in leadership was required to be competitive at the next poll.

She's endorsed shadow treasurer David O'Byrne as her successor.

Ms White had originally indicated she would continue leading the Labor party after the state election, however she says that changed after a week of internal conversations.

"There's no doubt that after the election last week we needed to reflect on what had occurred and I see the change in leadership for the state parliamentary Labor Party as a part of the change that's necessary, so we can become more competitive to win the next election," she said.

She emphasised her decision to stand down had nothing to do with her current pregnancy.

"I want young girls and women everywhere to know that they can achieve anything and they should walk through doors when they open or they should kick the door down if they have to," she said.

Ms White will stay on as an MP.