TSSA to ballot member over Labour leadership

The TSSA is to ballot all members of the union’s political fund to take the final decision on nominations in the Labour leadership contest, having whittled the candidates down to two for each post.

The union’s executive committee invited all candidates to address their meeting to pitch for the union’s backing, with seven candidates attending.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “It was fantastic to have the majority of those seeking to lead our party meet our Executive Committee (EC) on Thursday. It’s a very impressive field and all the candidates are a massive credit to our Labour Party.

“Our EC has decided after meeting and questioning the runners and riders for Leader and Deputy Leader that our members who pay our political levy will have the final say on who our union will nominate.

“It’s their view that either Rebecca Long-Bailey or Keir Starmer will make a great leader of our Party and that Angela Rayner and Rosena Allin-Khan also cut the mustard when it comes to becoming our Deputy Leader.

“Our members will now get the final say, through a ballot, on which of these excellent candidates we will nominate.”

TSSA political fund members will receive an electronic ballot next week, and the internal election will run until 12th February, ahead of the nominations deadline on the 14th February.

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 soon: USDAW (Jan 20), GMB (Jan 21), Unite (Jan 24) and CWU (Jan 30).

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