Whelan says MP has the character, the vision, and the policies to deliver for all the people

Jeremy Corbyn at the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival. Image from Marsha Jane Thompson

Jeremy Corbyn at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival. Image from Marsha Jane Thompson

ASLEF is backing Jeremy Corbyn to become leader of the Labour Party.

Jeremy, 66, has been MP for Islington North since 1983. He is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group and the Labour Representation Committee. Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall are also standing.

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan said: “We are supporting Jeremy Corbyn in his bid to become leader of the Labour Party because we believe he has the character, the vision, and the policies to deliver for all the people of this country. Jeremy understands what Labour has to do to win back the hearts, the minds, and the votes of ordinary working people in Britain.”

Jeremy Corbyn said: “ASLEF is an excellent campaigning union and I am delighted to receive their endorsement. I have campaigned alongside them for the public ownership of the railways, for better rights for people at work, and against the policies of austerity that are damaging our country.

“Our campaign will seek to engage with ASLEF’s 20,000 members for a Labour Party that stands up for them, and for all working people.”

USi understands no other unions have endorsed a candidate, although UNISON and Unite are both encouraging members to join the Labour Party and have a vote in the leadership election.

 

 


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