Labour leadership: As five unions back Jeremy Corbyn, the left wing candidate is now “in second place” in the race

Which unions are backing Corbyn?

The Labour leadership race is beginning to become a more exciting spectacle, as wildcard candidate Jeremy Corbyn, the MP for Islington, has begun to pick up serious support.

Despite initially struggling to obtain the 35 signatures required to become a candidate, Corbyn has now won the support of five influential trade unions. Unite, Britain’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members, has voted in favour of backing Corbyn’s campaign. The other four unions backing Corbyn are: the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), the national Rail Marine and Transport workers’ union (RMT), ASLEF Union (the train drivers’ union) and the Bakers and Allied Food Workers’ Union (BFAWU).

According to leading Labour lobbyist Luke Akehurst, Corbyn has already generated enough support to come second in the leadership race, behind Andy Burnham.

It is still 67 days until the new Labour leader is unveiled on September 12, and even once the winner is announced they will not necessarily contest the next election as the party is considering new rules that could see another leadership competition before 2020.

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  • Anonymous

    I hope he wins - The Labour Party need a hard left leader that will represent the interests of the Union Barons and say goodbye to the centre left once and for all. At least 10% or so of the voting population will then be in tune with the party

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