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UNISON’s affiliated political fund committee will decide whether to make a supporting nomination in the Labour leadership contest, and if so who, in line with its democratic processes.
An emergency motion adopted at the union’s Labour Link Forum conference in Newcastle on Friday stated:
“Labour Link’s role inside the Labour Party is to advance the best interests of UNISON members, working for quality public services, equality and decent pay and conditions.
“Forum reaffirms that this agenda and supporting the election of a Labour government are the primary duties of Labour Link.
“Forum agrees that if there is to be a leadership challenge, party rules and procedures must be adhered to.
“Labour Link will then follow our procedures for agreeing our nomination:
- that all candidates have outlined their policy agenda and leadership credentials;
- regional Labour Link committees are consulted;
- the National Committee agrees which candidate to support.”
When Jeremy Corbyn was first elected as Labour Leader, Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary had this to say:
“Today people for the first time in a decade are hearing a message of hope.
“A clarion call that there is another way, an alternative message that it doesn’t need to be like this. People see in Jeremy a politician who has created a wave, a vision of a better, kinder world that works for everyone, not just a self-serving few.
“Jeremy has ignited a spark of hope, a spark that had been dampened for decades. This is a chance to claim back the heart and the soul of the party and make it our Labour Party once more.”