Friday, June 01, 2007

UNISON Labour Link backs New Labour candidates...

Had I not already read this on elsewhere on the blogosphere I could have claimed that you heard it here first – and second – but the Union is now reporting in full the decision of the Labour Link Committee to nominate Brown for Leader of the Labour Party and Johnson for Deputy.

What follows is from the website.

“We need an election-winning team to face down the Conservatives,” said Labour Link chair Steve Warwick. “Despite policy differences, Gordon can win an election for Labour.”Alan Johnson’s strong trade union links and “good ministerial record” in areas such as public sector pensions and on education support staff won him the committee’s vote. (That would be the good record of this Government in relation to the LGPS would it???)“He’s someone we can do business with,” said Steve, adding:“We will continue to use the hustings to argue our case for a change in policy direction.”

So there you are.

Steve needs to remember that elections are only a useful way to argue about policy when you have a choice of candidate. Or is that a sore point in the South West Region

1 comment:

Matthew said...

A sad day for the union. Great to see that the UCW conference overturned its leaders on backing Johnson though. I guess its incumbent on people like me to actually set up a Labour Link organisation in our branches. It's something that I've been meaning to do for years.