GMB Union, one of the Labour Party’s biggest affiliates, today welcomed the new Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, after election results were announced.
The union, which has 400,000 affiliated members, called on the Party to unite and get on with being a ‘Government in waiting’.
The union, which had recommended to members that they vote for Lisa Nandy as first preference with Starmer as second preference, alongside Rayner for Deputy after a vote of the Central Executive Council, pledged to be fully behind the new leadership team.
Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:
“Huge congratulations to Keir and Angela, they’re going to make a fantastic team. It’s time to start a new chapter, we need to leave behind the infighting and navel gazing and get on with being a government in waiting.
"We’re in very uncertain times right now, and that calls for bold and strong leadership. Labour and the union movement must work with government to get us through the coronavirus crisis, but every government must be held to account – there are many areas where the response has been lacking and where the future remains uncertain.
"GMB Union will be full square behind Keir and Angela in the weeks, months and years ahead.”