Sarah Woolley elected new GS of BFAWU

Sarah Woolley has been elected as the new general secretary of the BFAWU.

The Wakefield-based organising regional secretary will take up office next July, succeeding Ronnie Draper.

In a tweet, she told supporters: “Thank you to everyone who has been in touch today,the support I received during the ballot and today is truly humbling! celebrations have started Pizza buffet for lunch with little legs I cant wait to start learning more about the role in January.”

Her election – she’s the union’s first woman general secretary – was warmly welcomed on Twitter by Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner (“Massive congratulations to sarahwoolley01 Sarah has won the election to become the first woman General Secretary of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union #BFAWU I look forward to working with you and union members in the future.”, new UCU general secretary Jo Grady “I am over the moon for @sarahwoolley01  She will be amazing for the @bfawu1 but she’s also a fellow Wakefield lass! With me included this now means that Wakefield can proudly boast to have produced 2 current women General Secretaries!”) Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell (“Congratulations to @sarahwoolley01 for her election as general secretary of the Bakers Union @bfawu1  Looking forward to campaigning with Sarah in support of her members.”), Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon (“Congratulations to the brilliant @sarahwoolley01 on being elected as @bfawu1 General Secretary. BFAWU is a fighting, democratic & socialist union whose members I loved representing when I was a trade union lawyer. Sarah will make BFAWU members – and the wider movement – proud.”)
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