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Jeremy Corbyn welcomes Unite’s endorsement

It is a great honour to receive Unite’s nomination for the Labour leadership, and it underlines that this a serious campaign that has growing momentum.

The leadership election is about one issue above others: whether we accept another five more years of a race to the bottom based on cuts that destroy services and damage living standards, or whether we invest our way to growth and fairness.

I thank Unite for this backing, not just for myself but for all those people who have already committed time and effort to my campaign.

Unite support will inject yet more momentum to our growing movement. I also want to thank other unions who have nominated me – ASLEF and the BFAWU, as well as the two non-affiliated unions that have endorsed this leadership campaign, the FBU and RMT. Trade union members are the people on the sharp receiving end of austerity measures. They are the men and women who are taking the pay cuts and seeing the prospects for their children made harder by these Tory austerity years.

This leadership election is not about any of the leadership candidates. It is about giving people the hope of better living standards and more secure working lives that we invest in through jobs, skills and homes.

The whole of trade union history has been based on improving people’s lives. Without trade unions there would be no equal pay act, no minimum pay, no weekend. There would be no Labour Party. Trades Unions are a force for good in our society and we should listen to them more.

For Labour to win again it must show it is on the side of the majority. It is people who make Labour, and people that the Labour Party should be about. Together we can build a new movement for shared prosperity and a nation for the common good.


  1. swatantra says:

    Will Leader-elect JC be accused of stabbing his benefactor Andy B in the back?

    1. Mervyn Hyde says:

      That sounds like sour Grapes to me, Andy Burnham knew that Jeremey would take his votes if he got on to the panel of candidates.

    2. J.P. Craig-Weston says:

      Who cares, there’s far more at stake here than personalities and tactical alliances,frankly I don’t much care whether the loathsome Tory Burnham gets stabbed in the back or in the front; just as long as he gets stabbed, the same goes for all the other sticky fingered Tory candidates.

      I’ve actually taken the trouble to register to vote for Corbyn; who to my mind represents a valid and robust political tradition, one than Blair and co have attempted with too much success to eradicate from the narrow Labor party; for me he represents the much broader British labor movement rather than Blair’s bunch of sad thieving Tories in cheap political drag.

      He can also write a clear, terse and article with a superb punch line, ” shared prosperity and a nation for the common good.”

      Who could possibly argue with that?

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  2. Patrick says:

    What happends if Jez wins, will all £3 ders join the Party and help win in 2020.
    I am not a Tory I pay £40 pa to run my CLP, last time we had a spike in numbers was the milibands, and because they picked the wrong one they all left, guess what they are all back again, but did nothing before the election.

    1. Robert says:

      Another Progress Blair-rite.

  3. Patrick says:

    Hi Robert,
    I think we should go back to the college system OMOV will not work, the small CLPs had a vote and a nomination, we dont have anything this time.
    I have had a request today from Labour First that they intend to rig the voting at hustings.
    I am not what you said, I just like to keep up to date with all wings of the party.
    Red Labour, Unity, CLPD, LRC etc as someone who has to run the local party you whould expect
    me to know what is happening.
    I am a member of LRC and voting for JC myself, but the CLP members can make their own minds up.

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