Community has nominated Anas Sarwar to be Scottish Labour’s next leader. The union, which represents thousands of workers in Scotland, across a variety of industries, conducted a ballot of its members in Scotland who are also Labour Party members or registered supporters. Anas, who is also a Community member, received 66% of votes cast.
Following the ballot, John Paul McHugh, Community’s Assistant General Secretary, said:
“Anas has been a proud Community member for many years, and we are delighted to endorse him in this election.
“In an open and democratic process, our members in Scotland who are also Labour Party members or supporters have backed Anas with 66% of the vote.
“Scottish Labour needs fresh ideas and strong leadership, Anas Sarwar will deliver both. He has already set out plans to create new jobs and tackle child poverty. These are policies that will make a real difference to the lives of our members.
“Scottish Labour is on the up and whoever wins this election it is important that our party remains united and focussed on ending the damage being done to Scotland by the Tories in Westminster and the SNP in Holyrood.”
Anas Sarwar said:
“I’m delighted to receive the support of Community, which is the only major union to have balloted its members during the leadership contest.
“Community members come from all industries and walks of life, but the union recognises that we live in a changing world.
“We need to equip our workers for the world of tomorrow, which is why I have announced policies such as the Scotland Guarantee – a job, training place or education for every school-leaver – and an apprenticeship programme for all ages to allow Scots to learn new skills.
“I encourage members from all unions to have their say in this leadership contest and support my campaign to ensure we can finally return Labour to power.”
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