The leader of Labour's biggest affiliate member, Unite the union, has congratulated Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner who have today (Saturday) been declared leader and deputy of the party respectively.

Commenting, Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said: "On behalf of Unite the union I want to extend our warm congratulations to Keir and Angela.

"Both Keir and Angela have pledged  to build upon our party's radicalism. It is the job now of our movement to support them in this as they move forward to ensure our party plays its full part in our national political life in these unprecedented times.

"Now, more than ever, we need a strong, united labour movement speaking up for our communities, and making the case for our values  because it will be our determination to secure decency, dignity and fairness for all working people that will ensure we find a way out of this crisis and towards a better future."

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