Source: Labour List UK
The leaders of eight trade unions affiliated to the Labour Party have signed a joint statement expressing “concerns” over the unresolved situation regarding Jeremy Corbyn’s whip, LabourList can reveal.
The fresh statement explains that unions met with Keir Starmer last week to call for the whip to be restored to the former party leader and put forward concerns that Labour has recently been “distracted by internal wrangling”.
It suggests that the ongoing row over the whip is “causing deep division in our party” that “will not be understood or forgiven by the British public”, and concludes: “We urge all parties to resolve this matter quickly.”
The general secretaries of left-wing affiliated unions Unite, CWU, FBU, ASLEF, TSSA, NUM and BFAWU all signed a statement in October expressing “serious concerns” over the original suspension of Corbyn from the party.
But the general secretary of Community, Roy Rickhuss, has also signed up on this occasion to the statement issued jointly by unions about Corbyn. The union nominated Starmer for the leadership earlier this year.