McCluskey: Labour stay united behind Corbyn, ready to lead
- Monday 27 May 2019
Faced with the mounting prospect of a hard Brexiteer leading the Tory party, Labour must stay united, ready to govern to transform the country. That was the call made today (Monday) in the wake of the EU election results by the leader of Unite the union, Len McCluskey.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "These results were obviously disappointing and confirm a country divided by Brexit. For that the blame lies firmly with the Tory party which has handled the Brexit process disastrously causing despair and disillusion among voters driving many to Farage and his simplistic offer.
"Labour has been the only party that has sought to unite the nation on Brexit and this is an honourable objective that must not be abandoned.
"This is the time to hold our nerve because the true prize is the very real possibility of a looming general election. That is the opportunity for Labour to go to the people to present its programme to transform our country, rebuilding our communities and restoring hope to those who feel abandoned by Westminster.
"Faced now with the serious prospect of a no deal Tory prime minister, Labour must stay united and show the country that it is ready to lead. There are some rushing to advance other agendas but are doing so to undermine Jeremy Corbyn. They will be seen for what they are and never forgiven by the members."
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Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.