Unite response to the launch of Labour’s defence review

Unite response to the launch of Labour’s defence review

15 January 2016

Responding to today’s (Friday 15 January) launch of the Labour party’s defence review, Len McCluskey, general secretary of Britain’s largest union, Unite said: “Unite welcomes the clarification of the defence review timetable and remit as set out by the shadow defence secretary, Emily Thornberry, today.

“Our members will be reassured by the scope and calendar of this review because it is evidently designed to ensure that all voices are heard in this important process.  

“This announcement also sends a clear signal to Labour MPs and members that Jeremy Corbyn is determined this review will result in a policy that will equip the country for the modern-day defence challenges. 

"Importantly too for Unite, it also confirms to the tens of thousands of workers in the defence sector that they will be playing a full and active part in shaping any future Labour party policy, and we will be making a very strong case for their jobs and communities.

“Unite looks forward now to the discussions ahead.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

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.