Unite’s Jennie Formby is on course for a ‘coronation’ as Labour’s new general secretary after the GMB union swung behind her candidacy, HuffPost can reveal.
GMB general secretary Tim Roache said that he had discussed the vacancy with colleagues and decided that Formby was the candidate who could best unite the party and the labour movement.
“This isn’t a small decision, we’ve taken time as a union to discuss it, to think about where Labour needs to be.
“GMB members first and foremost need a Labour government, and we need our Party to understand us.
“Jennie has been a trade unionist for decades. I have no doubt she understands the challenges and issues working people face and that she’ll do everything she can to put them at the heart of Labour’s campaign for government.”