Second trade union backs Ed Miliband in Labour leadership race

Former Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband has won the support of a second trade union in a week in his bid to become the next leader of the Labour Party.

Former Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband has won the support of a second trade union in a week in his bid to become the next leader of the Labour Party.

Unison’s national political committee gave its support to Mr Miliband today following a hustings earlier this month with all five candidates.

Around half a million Unison members who pay a political levy will now be balloted on who they want to support.

The executive of the GMB union made a similar nomination last week, adding to the 63 MPs and 58 constituency Labour parties (CLPs) who are also supporting him.

His brother, David, has also won the support of two unions – Community and Usdaw – as well as 81 MPs and 86 CLPs, while shadow education secretary Ed Balls is being backed by the Communication Workers Union, 33 MPs and six CLPs.

Diane Abbott also has the backing of 33 MPs as well as 15 CLPs and one union - the Transport Salaried Staffs Association.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has the support of 33 MPs and 21 CLPs.

Supporting nominations will close next Monday and voting begins in September, with the result due to be announced at the start of Labour’s annual conference in Manchester on September 25.

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