BREAKING: FBU calls for Corbyn to be on ballot paper
The party’s NEC is meeting today to decide the process, with conflicting legal advice on whether or not the sitting leader should be automatically on the ballot, without having to seek support from MPs.
The FBU joins Unite, CWU, TSSA and ASLEF in insisting Corbyn is on the ballot. The Labour leader has also been backed by BECTU, BFAWU, GMB, MU, NUM, UCATT and UNISON.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “With a new Conservative leader and the recent referendum causing a lot of uncertainty, many people across the UK will hope that Labour can reunite.
“A leadership election that didn’t put Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot paper would be seen as a stitch up of the democratic process, and a slap in the face for both Labour members and those of affiliated trade unions. More widely, it would be an insult to the hundreds of thousands of people drawn into political activity by the Corbyn campaign.
“The only way for any challenger to Jeremy Corbyn to seek a legitimate mandate from our members to lead our party, is via a democratic election in which he is able to defend himself, his record and his programme directly with the membership that elected him.”