John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: “This is a serious time for the Labour Party and the wider labour movement, so we must have an open and honest reflection on the election defeat. However, that must be done in the right spirit as we consider a new direction for the Labour Party.
“The trade unions are one part of the Labour Party and whilst it is right that our members’ voices are heard in this debate, we must ensure that we also listen to the wider electorate.
“So I am pleased that Labour is giving the party back to the people, by opening up the leadership election to all Labour supporters who register, and I would urge all those who care about the Labour Party to sign up and get involved in the debate about our future.”
Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 433,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
Registered Labour supporters will get a vote in the Labour leadership election if they sign-up by 12 August 2015. Members of affiliated trade unions, like Usdaw, which pay an affiliation fee of £3 per member can register as a supporter at no extra cost. Usdaw members can do this at: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/Campaigns/Usdaw-for-Labour
People who are not members of an affiliated trade union can also register that they support the Labour Party, and get a vote in the leadership election, by signing up online at http://support.labour.org.uk/ and paying a one-off minimum fee of £3.
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