Usdaw nominates Keir Starmer

Members of Usdaw’s executive council have nominated Keir Starmer for leader and Angela Rayner for deputy leader of the Labour Party.

The union’s nomination, following on from that of Labour’s environmental campaign group SERA, means Starmer is the first candidate to secure his place on the ballot paper.

UNISON is backing Keir Starmer for leader and Angela Rayner for deputy. The NUM is backing Lisa Nandy for leader, while the BFAWU has backed Rebecca Long-Bailey for leader and Richard Burgon for deputy. Other nominations are expected from GMB tomorrow, Unite on Friday and the CWU on January 30. TSSA is balloting its members, with the result expected on February 12.

Usdaw general secretary Paddy Lillis said: “Usdaw believes that Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner are the right leadership team to unite and rebuild Labour after a devastating election loss. Our members desperately need Labour in power, they cannot afford another decade of Conservative governments attacking workers’ rights, incomes and public services.

“The Labour Party must be led by someone who can persuade voters that they have what it takes to be a Prime Minister and we are a government in waiting. That is at the heart of Usdaw’s decision to make these nominations.”

Individual members of Usdaw who are also affiliated supporters of the Labour Party are entitled to vote in the leadership elections.

Keir Starmer Tweeted: “I’m honoured to have received @UsdawUnion ’s endorsement for the Labour leadership. Our campaign is building unity across the labour movement, amongst trade unionists and members. Usdaw represent over 400,000 workers and fights every day for its members and for a fairer society. If I’m elected leader, Labour will stand shoulder to shoulder with the trade union movement as we take on the Tories and rebuild trust with working people.”

 Angela Rayner Tweeted:  “Thank you @UsdawUnion for nominating me as deputy leader of the Labour Party. I look forward to continuing to work with USDAW and it’s members, it’s a great honour to be nominated by such a campaigning Trade Union #angelafordeputy #TeamAngela #FightingToWin”
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