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Community backs Sarwar in Labour contest

Anas SarwarCommunity has nominated Anas Sarwar to be Scottish Labour’s next leader, loosening rival Richard Leonard’s grip on trade union backing.

Mr Sarwar received two-thirds of votes cast by Community’s Labour members who include thousands of workers across a variety of industries.

He said:I’m delighted to receive the support of Community, which is the only major union to have balloted its members during the leadership contest.

“Community members come from all industries and walks of life, but the union recognises that we live in a changing world.

“We need to equip our workers for the world of tomorrow, which is why I have announced policies such as the Scotland Guarantee – a job, training place or education for every school-leaver – and an apprenticeship programme for all ages to allow Scots to learn new skills.

“I encourage members from all unions to have their say in this leadership contest and support my campaign to ensure we can finally return Labour to power.”

John Paul McHugh, Community’s assistant general secretary, said: “Anas has been a proud Community member for many years, and we are delighted to endorse him in this election.

“In an open and democratic process, our members in Scotland who are also Labour Party members or supporters have backed Anas with 66 per cent of the vote.

“Scottish Labour needs fresh ideas and strong leadership; Anas Sarwar will deliver both. He has already set out plans to create new jobs and tackle child poverty. These are policies that will make a real difference to the lives of our members.”

Mr Leonard has support from six trade unions including Unison and the bakers’ union BFAWU.

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