Richard Leonard has thanked Labour members across Scotland for their support today as the period for local parties to nominate ended.
Supporting nominations had to be submitted by today, and although all supporting nominations will be posted on the Scottish Labour Party website, the tally as of this morning stood at 43 nominations from local constituency parties for Richard Leonard and 16 for his fellow candidate Anas Sarwar.
The results include that Mr Leonard secured: the majority of Glasgow constituencies [6-3]; every nominating constituency in Edinburgh; every nominating CLP in both Mid Scotland & Fife and the Lothian parliamentary regions; and with wide geographical support, from the Shetland Islands to the Borders seat of Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.
Mr Leonard said: “This has been an intensive round of constituency nominations and I am very grateful to every person who came along and took part, whoever they voted for. It is a vital feature of our internal democracy, which gives Party members the opportunity to air their ideas about the Scottish Labour party’s direction and leadership before the ballot starts.
“I am honoured to have been backed in this way but I am also clear that not a single ballot paper has been issued yet. There is a long way to go. Every vote will count: we have set out a strong case for real change during this nominating phase and it is now my intention to build on these nominations as we prepare for the ballot itself. My message is, let’s conduct this debate in a comradely fashion, and ensure that the Scottish Labour Party is strengthened and so better able to advance and deliver real change for the people of Scotland.”
In the supporting nominating phase, Mr Leonard also secured the backing of the majority of the affiliated organisations. As of midday today, the tally of trade union affiliates supporting Mr Leonard was: TSSA, Unite, Unison, USDAW, ASLEF, BFAWU, CWU, GMB Scotland, and the NUM. Other affiliates nominating Richard Leonard: the Scottish Co-operative Party, SERA Scotland, Socialist Educational Association Scotland, Socialist Health Association Scotland. Mr Leonard also highlighted the nomination of Scottish Young Labour a sign-post for change.
Richard Leonard said today: “I am proud of our links to the trade union movement. Trade unionists have had a direct role in Labour leadership elections for decades but now have to meet higher hurdles than ever before to participate: we welcome their involvement as a means of connecting Scottish Labour to workplaces and communities across the country.
“I want to thank all the nominating organisations, from the unions, to the affiliated societies, and I particularly want to mention Scottish Young Labour, because it is this generation of members who represent the future and the possibility of hope for real change.”