Unite, the largest private and public sector union in Scotland, has today (Wednesday) announced its backing for Katy Clark, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran in her bid to become deputy leader of the Labour party in Scotland.
The union will now urge members to cast their vote for Katy Clark in the deputy leadership ballot when it opens later this month.
Unite Scotland’s support comes after consultation with members' representatives, drawn from across working and community Scotland.
Announcing the union’s backing for Ms Clark, Pat Rafferty, leader of Unite in Scotland said: “I am delighted to announce that Unite backs Katy Clark as deputy leader for Labour in Scotland.
“Katy Clark is well known to our members as a fighter for working people. We believe that they see in Katy someone determined to work for a Scotland that is a more equal and just nation.
“Too many of our members and too many in Scotland’s communities feel abandoned by politics, believing that while politicians want their votes they do not want their views.
“Katy Clark is not one of those politicians. Our members can be confident that with Katy as deputy leader of the Labour party in Scotland, they have someone who will fight for their jobs, decent homes and our kids’ futures.
“The tremendously tough task of winning back Labour for Scotland’s working people and their communities will be made easier with Katy Clark in the party’s leadership team.”
Unite has 165,000 members across the private and public sectors, making it a major force in working and community Scotland.
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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.