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
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.