Labour leadership election

10 February 2020




ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, is backing Rebecca Long-Bailey to become leader of the Labour Party and Angela Rayner to become deputy leader.


Our executive committee met today [Monday 10 February] to endorse a candidate in the elections after considering a report by general secretary Mick Whelan, who is chair of LabourUnions, which represents all the trade unions affiliated to the party, and a member of Labour’s NEC, and having listened to what the candidates have to say about the future direction of the party.


‘We believe that Rebecca and Angela have the vision, and the determination, to deliver for all the people of this country, and understand what Labour has to do to win back the hearts, minds, and votes of hard-working people in Britain,’ said Mick.


‘We have a wealth of talent at the top of the party and it wasn’t easy to choose between the candidates standing for leader and deputy leader. But, having listened to them all, we believe Rebecca and Angela are best placed to rebuild our party in Parliament and lead Labour to victory at the next election.


‘They are committed to bringing Britain’s railways back into public ownership – which is not just the policy of this trade union, but a policy that is popular with passengers who suffer from all the problems of our privatised railways.’


Mick added: ‘Whilst we hope Rebecca and Angela will be successful, we will be fully supporting whoever wins because we now need to unite the party and turn our fire on the Tories.’


Rebecca has been MP for Salford & Eccles since 2015 and has served as Shadow Minister for the Treasury; Shadow Chief Secretary for the Treasury; and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.


Angela has been MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, Droylsden & Failsworth since 2015 and has served in the Whips’ Office, as Shadow Pensions Minister and as Shadow Secretary of State for Education.


Find Rebecca Long-Bailey online here and Angela Rayner's website here.

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