Union’s executive says Burnham is its second preference

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Unite,
Jeremy Corbyn at the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival. Image from Marsha Jane Thompson

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

Unite has backed Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership race.

The union’s executive council, which yesterday said Corbyn’s policies were most closely aligned with its own, announced Andy Burnham would be its second preference candidate.


The executive made no nomination made for the position of deputy, but a recommendation will be made to members that they support Tom Watson and Angela Eagle to reflect the strong support for these candidates, by using their first and second preferences as they see fit.

The decisions on who to support were taken following a debate by the union’s executive committee, an elected body of 63 men and women from workplaces across the UK.

It follows the mutli-union hustings held on June 30 and consultation with members’ elected representatives across the union.

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Tim Lezard

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