Union calls on members to back Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

GMB, the UK’s third largest trade union, has called for the Labour Party to unite and ‘get on with holding this Government to account’ following the announcement of the Party’s leadership result today.

The Labour-affiliated union, which had backed Owen Smith in the contest after an independently conducted ballot of its members, threw its support behind the re-elected Labour leader as the result came in.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said: “GMB sends our congratulations to Jeremy. It’s time for the Labour Party to unite and get on with holding this Government to account - standing up for working people and winning their support rather than continually talking to ourselves about ourselves and banging on about our internal differences.

“The real opposition here is the Conservative Government and the pain and misery it is inflicting - we must never forget that. They are intent on making sure we never set foot in Downing Street again and it’s time for us to take them on.

“Now the contest is over, let’s get behind Jeremy and help him to put his mandate into action.”