ASLEF backs Katy Clark

05 November 2014

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, is backing Katy Clark in her bid to become deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

Katy, 47, has been MP for North Ayrshire and Arran since 2005. She was educated at Kyle Academy in Ayr and the University of Aberdeen. Katy, who joined the Labour Party at 17, was a solicitor in Edinburgh before becoming legal officer of Unison.

Mick Whelan, general secretary, said: ‘We have been a long-standing friend and supporter of Katy Clark because of her passionate and powerful political convictions. Katy’s vision for the future of the Labour Party, and for the future of the country, is one that we share. Katy believes that everyone has a part to play, and that everyone should have the opportunity to play that part. She understands what Labour needs to do to get elected, at Holyrood and at Westminster, and what we need to do to get this country back on track.’

Katy is one of two candidates for the job. The other is Kezia Dugdale, MSP for the Lothians region. ASLEF is also supporting Neil Findlay in his bid to become leader of the Scottish Labour Party. Neil is one of three candidates who have announced they are standing. The others are Jim Murphy, MP for East Renfrewshire, and Sarah Boyack, MSP for Edinburgh Central.

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