The race is on and the deadline for supporting nominations for the position of Leader and Deputy Leader is 12.30pm on Friday 1st June. The nomination for Leader of course is merely a message of support but for Deputy it is more crucial. Each Labour Member of the European Parliament, Constituency Labour Party and affiliated organisation may cast a supporting nomination for one of candidates for the position of Deputy Leader. These nominations, once received, will continue to be posted on the candidates' pages of Labour's leadership website.
I went along to my local CLP (Preston) nominating meeting tonight and after good debate about the merits of all the candidates, we voted to support Peter hain for deputy in recognition of his proven record of diplomacy, getting a job done and fighting injustice. It was felt that we need a deputy leader who is in touch with the people and the policies and that Peter can deliver on both.
Some of the trade unions have already declared who they are supporting for leadership. UNISON's Labour Link Committee will be meeting on 31st May 2007 to decide who they will be supporting (if any).
Trade Union Deputy Leader Supporting Nominations
Amicus Jon Cruddas
ASLEF Peter Hain
BECTU Will Not Make A Nomination
BFAWU Peter Hain
Community Will Not Make A Nomination
CWU Alan Johnson
GMB Will Not Make A Nomination
Musician's Union Will Not Make A Nomination
NACODS Will Not Make A Nomination
NUM Peter Hain
TGWU Jon Cruddas
TSSA Peter Hain
UCATT Peter Hain
UNISON Alan Johnson
UNITY Hilary Benn
USDAW Hazel Blears
unions together website.