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Unite backs Marvin Rees to be Labour’s candidate for Bristol mayor

8 June 2012

Unite, the largest union in the country, is backing Bristol NHS manager Marvin Rees to be the city’s first elected mayor in November’s poll.

Unite’s regional secretary for the south west, Laurence Faircloth, said: “Unite members chose to support Marvin Rees as Labour’s candidate for mayor of Bristol.

“Marvin stood out from an impressive field of candidates as the person best placed to represent working people and their families across the city.”
Marvin Rees is committed to policies that put good quality work, education and transport at the top of his agenda for the people of Bristol, an agenda that Unite is happy to support.

Marvin Rees said: “I am honoured that Unite has decided to support me in my bid to become the Bristol Labour party's mayoral candidate.  If selected I am looking forward to working with Unite to win the mayoral election for Labour to make Bristol a city that works for all its people.

“The Labour party was born out of the efforts to give working people a voice in a political system that made little space for them. It's a principle and inheritance I believe the country needs as much today as it ever has.”

Labour party members have until 15 June to vote in a postal ballot as to which candidate they wish to put forward as the party’s mayoral candidate.


For further information, please contact Unite communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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