Responding to the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn MP as Labour leader, the general secretary of Unite, the UK’s biggest union, Len McCluskey said:
“Congratulations are due to Jeremy and his team for the positive campaign that they ran and this well deserved victory today.
“This election contest was needless, a distraction that the Labour party and its members could have done without, but after a summer of unrest we can now look forward to the party taking on this Conservative government, exposing its divisive and elitist policies.
“We urge Labour MPs to heed the signal sent by the members – twice now in one year – about the direction they want for the party. This includes respecting and supporting the elected leader and his team; no more sniping, plotting and corridor coups.
“I hope that all the talents of the party can now be harnessed and MPs return to serve in the shadow cabinet as Jeremy builds the alternative government the people of this country dearly need.”
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.