Unite announces Corbyn one, Burnham two in Labour leader vote
05 July 2015
Unite, the biggest union in the UK, will support Jeremy Corbyn in the upcoming vote for the leader of the national Labour Party it has been announced today (Sunday 5 July).
The union will advise members that the executive council also voted to back Andy Burnham as the second preference candidate.
The backing for Jeremy Corbyn was in recognition that his policies were most closely aligned with those of Unite.
Further, Unite confirmed that there would be no nomination made for the position of deputy, but a recommendation will be made to members that they support Tom Watson and Angela Eagle to reflect the strong support for these candidates, by using their first and second preferences as they see fit.
The decisions on who to support were taken today following debate by the union’s executive committee, an elected body of 63 men and women from workplaces across the UK.
It follows the mutli-union hustings held on June 30 and consultation with members’ elected representatives across the union.
For further information contact Pauline Doyle on 07976 832 861 or Alex Flynn on 07967 665 869.
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Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.