For those who have registered but not yet voted here is some guidance including UNISON recommendations from both National and Branch were applicable.
UNISON has nominated Jeremy Corbyn MP and therefore recommends a 1st preference for Jeremy, the Islington Branch are also fully behind the Jeremy for leader Campaign. Jeremy is great friend of the Islington Branch has always supported the branch in campaigns and actions.
UNISON has also recommended a 2nd preference for Yvette Cooper MP.
Deputy Leader Election
UNISON has nominated Angela Eagle MP as Deputy Leader and recommends a 1st Preference.
UNISON also has recommended a 2nd preference for Stella Creasy MP.
Mayoral candidate selection
Greater London UNISON has made no recommendation in the Mayor Selection but points out that Sadiq Khan, David Lammy and Tessa Jowell are UNISON members.
The Islington Branch Labour Link meeting voted to support Diane Abbott MP for 1st preference.
There was no recommendation for second preference but a majority of other trade unions have nominated Sadiq Khan MP and Diane’s campaign is recommending a 2nd preference to Sadiq.
National Labour link Committee (Greater London seat):
This is a separate ballot sent to your home address and you do not need to register for it all APF payers should get one, the Branch has nominated myself, Andrew Berry.
BALLOT papers are being sent out to hundreds of thousands of Labour Party
members and registered supporters all over the country, a key figure in Jeremy
Corbyn's surging leadership campaign has given an insight on the volunteer
effort which underpins it.
George's ward Councillor Kat Fletcher was the Islington North MP's election
agent and as soon as Mr Corbyn scraped onto the ballot in June she was asked
coordinate the volunteer effort in London.
out of the Unite The Union building in Euston, she coordinates an ever-growing
“phone bank”, which consists of volunteers calling members to persuade them to
back Mr Corbyn.
“Over the past six weeks the movement has just
grown and grown,” Cllr Fletcher said. “Initially I sent out a test email
sending to 350 people in London to see if they wanted to volunteer for Jeremy.
Within two hours I had 220 responses.”
Fletcher, 35, who was first elected to the Islington Council in 2013, works for
a small pub company and has been given time off by her boss to work in the
campaign. “I have never been so busy”, she said.
she sent out her first email, 3,000 people across the country had already
signed up to volunteer for Mr Corbyn. On Monday, that figure stood at 8,038,
while the number of volunteers turning up at the phone bank every evening has
reached 130. On Tuesday, £120,000 had been raised for the campaign from small
donations averaging £23.50.
“The response has been astonishingly
positive,” Cllr Fletcher said. “You can tell that from the energy in the room.
The volunteers are excited to be there and they keep coming back. They are
winning the arguments. It doesn't feel like an uphill struggle.”
disillusioned with politics, Giles Anamzoya, 23, decided to join Mr Corbyn when
he was out canvassing after the general election. “I wanted to take stock of
him and he impressed me very much”, said the charity fundraiser of Finsbury
Park, who has been volunteering at the phone bank.
“I wanted to volunteer for him from the very
start. He is a very refreshing politician, and although he is the oldest of the
four candidates he understands the youth and he stands up for what we believe
Fletcher said there are lots of teenage volunteers, but added the demographic
is “incredibly varied”. “A lot has been made about the young energetic youthful
element that is definitely true, but there's also people in their 70s and 80s
sitting there,” she added. “That's just wonderful.”
Jennifer Hall, 67, of Highbury, is not a volunteer, but she is one of many who
has come back to the party after an almost 20-year absence. She said many
people of her generation have been buoyed by the movement that has sprung up
around her MP.
think many people are like me in that they were waiting for somebody who is
credible and not in the careerist mould,” she said. “I don't feel compromised
by being Labour if there are people like Jeremy who stand a real chance of
making a difference within the party. He's a genuine article.
“He has been my MP for over 30 years and he
represents real socialism, and I think the things he's coming out with now are
brilliant. It's refreshing to have a different voice.”
Fletcher said the volunteering effort is creating a new network of political
“A lot of new people are joining the party and
they are creating networks to organise. This is a huge opportunity. After this
initial excitement we have to build the party as an electoral force.”
whether she fears Mr Corbyn's momentum might wane, she added: “My experience is
that every day is bigger. I can't predict it but as far as I can see we are not
yet at the top of our momentum.”
papers will be sent out Friday, and voting can take place by post or online.
The result will be announced at a special conference on September 12.
To win, Labour must reconnect in all parts of Britain from Southampton to Nuneaton to Kilmarnock.
There is a clear choice: to accept the Tories' race to the bottom on cuts or to set out a vision of a modern, innovative country. We cannot cut our way to prosperity.
And we need something different – a better kind of politics too.
With Jeremy Corbyn as leader, Labour will be able to reconnect with Britain with policies designed to deliver in every part of the country
Jeremy is standing to deliver:
A new kind of politics: a fairer, kinder Britain based on innovation, decent jobs and decent public services.
Growth not austerity – with a national investment bank to help create tomorrow's jobs and reduce the deficit fairly. Fair taxes for all - let the broadest shoulders bear the biggest burden to balance the books.
A lower welfare bill through investment and growth not squeezing the least well-off and cuts to child tax credits.
Action on climate change - for the long-term interest of the planet rather than the short-term interests of corporate profits.
Public ownership of railways and in the energy sector - privatisation has put profits before people.
Decent homes for all in public and private sectors by 2025 through a big housebuilding programme and controlling rents.
No more illegal wars, a foreign policy that prioritises justice and assistance. Replacing Trident not with a new generation of nuclear weapons but jobs that retain the communities’ skills.
Fully-funded NHS, integrated with social care, with an end to privatisation in health.
Protection at work – no zero hours contracts, strong collective bargaining to stamp out workplace injustice.
Equality for all – a society that accepts no barriers to everyone’s talents and contribution. An end to scapegoating of migrants.
A life-long national education service for decent skills and opportunities throughout our lives: universal childcare, abolishing student fees and restoring grants, and funding adult skills training throughout our lives
UNISON members backing Jeremy Corbyn for Labour
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We the undersigned as UNISON members support Jeremy
Corbyn for Labour leader and believe UNISON should support him. Jeremy Corbyn
is the candidate that most reflects the policy positions of our union.
He is the only candidate that is anti-austerity and
has already come out in support of UNISON's call for a £10 minimum wage. He
supports building council housing, reversing all privatisation of the NHS,
funding Social Care and supporting comprehensive education, nationalisation of
energy and water, supporting better funding for Higher Education, and an end to
loans and fees.
All in personal capacity:
Andrew Berry, National Labour Link Committee
Gray Allen, National Labour Link Committee
Nancy Flynn (Coull) former President and Chair of Labour
Rachel Voller, Wirral University Teaching Hospital and
UCLH (former Vice Chair Labour link)
Ray McHale (former North West Regional Representative on
the National Labour Link Committee)
Max Watson, NEC, Branch Secretary, London Metropolitan
Jon Rogers, NEC, Branch Secretary, Lambeth
Paul Gilroy, NEC, Branch Secrteraty ,Newcastle City
Jonathan Dunning, NEC, Norfolk County Branch Secretary.
Ella Thorp, Northern Region Labour Link Committee
Terry McPartlan, Northern Region Labour Link Committee
Sue Plain, Local Government SGE, Branch Secretary
Jeremy Corbyn’s unity appeal says: “We have now completed the formal nomination
phase of Labour’s leadership election, and as we move closer to the ballot
itself our watchword must be unity, with a debate embracing all members from
all parts of the party.
“The leadership election
should be conducted with one thought in mind: our objective is to be a united
party focused on winning the general election and campaigning across the
country, day in day out. Everywhere, from a local council election, to the Scottish,
Welsh and London elections, we will need unity to win.
“Everything that everyone says
and does in this leadership election should be about unity, not division. There
is no place for personal animosity, negative campaigning, and saying or doing
anything now that will damage our ability to work together as one party.
“Whoever wins the leadership
must work tirelessly every day to forge Labour into a united and successful
“Let us do policy and
politics, not personal criticism. Supporters of all candidates must put this
positive spirit first, in the interests of our party.
“When the dust has settled, we will still all
be Labour. Let’s conduct our debate on the basis of comradeship and unity in
action against the damaging agenda of the Tory party.”
UNISON Labour Link Committee member Andrew Berry commented:
choice was simple, we had to back a candidate whose views coincide 100% with
ourown union policies. Jeremy has the
support of UNISON member's up and down the country and now the support of our
union at a national level.
was clear from members' responses to the UNISON surveys that the overwhelming
majority of member's wanted us to nominate Jeremy and I am really pleased that
our committee heeded this call"
Jane was a guest on the Sheila Fogarty phone in last week, 14th July, discussing the Gender Pay gap, with a Government Minister, Caroline Dinenage.
Jane pointed out that the Government should have made the publication of pay in compabies compulsory as part of the 2010 Equalities Act.
She said that David Cameron's promise of eradicating the Gender Pay Gap within a generation was just "kicking it into the long grass."
Its been over 40 years since the Dagenham Machinists took action leading to the Equal Pay Act.
Direct and Indirect discrimination still exists.
Since 1997 the gap has gone down from 27.5% to 19.1% - but still higher than any country in the European Union where the average is 16.4%