Jeremy Corbyn Campaign Says Owen Smith’s GMB Endorsement Due To ‘Right Wing’ Union Officers

He added: “I’ll proudly campaign alongside Owen in the coming weeks and months to deliver on his pledges to end the public sector pay freeze, to support defence workers, to invest in health and industry, and to build an industrial strategy – these are bread and butter issues for the people I represent.”

Smith said of the endorsement: “It’s a great honour to receive GMB’s nomination to be the next leader of the Labour Party after a consultation with its members.

 “At the heart of my campaign are commitments to strengthening our trade unions, ending exploitation and delivering greater equality.

 “I look forward to working with the GMB, its members and all in the labour movement to tackle inequality, invest in strong public services, and for Britain to have trade union and workers’ rights that are the envy of the world.”

In last year’s Labour leadership contest, GMB did not back any of the four candidates.

The Guardian quoted a Smith campaign source, who said other unions that had backed Corbyn had not balloted numbers because it feared they would vote to back Smith.

The source said: “Our guess is that is why other unions are not doing it, at worst it would be a split and at best there would be backing for Owen.”

Unite, Britain’s biggest union, The Communication Workers’ Union and Aslef are among the trade unions that have backed Corbyn.

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