Community becomes latest union to back Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner for Labour leadership
Community has become the latest trade union to back Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner in the Labour leader and deputy leader race.
The move further cements the pair's position as the frontrunners to succeed Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson at the top of the party.
Both Unison and Usdaw have already given them their backing, guaranteeing their places on the ballot papers being sent to Labour members next month.
Announcing the union's decision, Community general secretary Roy Rickhuss said it was time for Labour to put forward "credible policies" so it stands the best chance of winning the next election.
The choice the Labour Party makes in this leadership election is vital to both the future of Britain and our Labour movement.
"Community believes Keir Starmer is the candidate most ready to meet this challenge," he said. "His experience and vision are what the Labour Party needs to rebuild, win back the trust of voters, and lead a transformative Labour government.
"Community has also nominated Angela Rayner for deputy leader. We believe she will help unite our fractured party, reinvigorate the Labour movement, and lead us into government.
"While we were extremely impressed by most of the deputy leadership candidates, we also strongly encourage our members in CLPs to ensure Ian Murray makes the final ballot so that Labour members have the option of voting for him.
"Labour wins when it embraces ideas from across our broad church and Ian being on the ballot sends a clear message that every nation and region of the UK matters to the Labour Party."
Edinburgh South MP Mr Murray said: "I welcome Community’s message to members across the UK to help me make the final ballot, and thank the union for recognising that a Scottish voice at the top of the UK party is critical.
"The Labour Party must be a party for every nation and region of the UK so that we can win together on behalf of every worker in the country."