ASLEF conference votes to stay with Labour

28 July 2005

ASLEF the train drivers union today decided to remain affiliated to the Labour Party.

 

Delegates to the unions annual assembly of delegates voted by a majority of 40 to 35 to reject a move that would have put it outside the party it helped to found more than a century ago.

 

Acting general secretary Keith Norman said: Train drivers want to see a Labour government succeed. They are in absolute agreement with the Labour party conference policy in favour of public ownership for rail.

 

The narrowness of this vote reflects the fear that the government may not take heed of opinion within the party and among voters that overwhelmingly backs renationalisation.

 

And our resolve to win government to end the dangerous fragmentation of the railway system is strengthened today by the tragic deaths of two privately employed rail renewal workers. Our hearts go out to their families.

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