Unite backs Rebecca Long-Bailey

Unite has backed Rebecca Long-Bailey for leader of the Labour Party.

Members of the union’s executive, who met today and took part in hustings with all the candidates, also voted to back Richard Burgon as Deputy Leader.

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.

Usdaw is backing Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner,  GMB is backing Lisa Nandy and Angela Rayner. A decision is expected by the CWU on January 30. TSSA is balloting its members, with the result expected on February 12.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Unite’s Executive Council has voted overwhelmingly to back Rebecca Long-Bailey to become the next leader of the Labour party, and Richard Burgon to become the deputy leader.

This has been a day of vibrant discussion by the chief decision-making body in the union, the Labour party’s biggest affiliate, about where next for the party.

“The conclusion of this thorough debate was that Rebecca Long Bailey is the candidate best placed to take the fight to the Tory party on behalf of Unite members and their communities looking for a leader who is one hundred per cent on their side.

Above all, Becky has the brains and the brilliance to beat Boris Johnson.  She is standing for unity, socialism and the determination to make Johnson’s term in office short-lived.

“Unite is also confident that Richard will make a superb deputy to Becky, displaying the qualities that have long been absent from that post – pride in our values, a passion for our party to succeed and, above all, loyalty to their leader.

“On behalf of Unite I want to thank all the candidates for their time and contributions today. They are a credit to our party and a reminder of the breadth and depth of talent Labour possesses.”

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