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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

John McDonnell for Labour leader

This press release from the RMT says it all:

TRANSPORT UNION RMT today issued a call for trade unionists and socialists to unite behind John McDonnell’s bid to secure enough nominations to stand in the Labour Party leadership contest and to use his campaign as an opportunity to begin the fightback against the ConDem government’s all-out assault on public services and living standards.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said today:
“John McDonnell leads the RMT group in parliament and no MP has done more to fight against attacks on jobs, public services and workers rights. John is a tireless worker on behalf of trade unionists and the communities that will be there in the front line of the ConDem attack and he is the perfect alternative to the assorted candidates from Continuity New Labour.

“John McDonnell has a reservoir of support that extends way beyond the ranks of the Labour Party membership, it would be an absolute travesty if he was kept out of the race for the leadership and would send out a signal that the Labour Party machine has learnt absolutely nothing.

“On the big issues; defending public services, opposing privatisation, repealing the anti-trade union laws, bringing our troops home and supporting workers rights, John stands shoulder to shoulder with RMT and the trade union and socialist movement. He deserves our full support.”


Chris H said...

While I welcome John standing for the leadership I can't see much coming of it.

You posted that:

"John McDonnell has a reservoir of support that extends way beyond the ranks of the Labour Party membership"

which I would read as John having more support from outside of the LP than what he can garner within the LP. I fear this will not bode well for the left.

Ibraar said...

I hope John becomes leader, I'm sure he'll manage to bring others who left Labour back in to the fold, eg the RMT Union, George Galloway etc.

Madam Miaow said...

Certainly better than other so-called leftists such as Abbott and Cruddas.