The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has nominated Richard Burgon to be Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
The FBU wrote to all candidates asking for their views on the fire and rescue service, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, repealing anti-trade union laws, ending the blockade of Gaza, and Labour Party democracy. The union’s executive council met today to discuss their endorsement.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said:
“After much discussion and deliberation, the FBU’s executive council has decided to nominate Richard Burgon to be the next deputy leader of the Labour Party.
“Richard is a socialist and a longstanding ally of the FBU. We recognise that he is not the only candidate on the ballot that fits these criteria; Angela Rayner has also been a long-time ally and friend of our union.
“We carefully considered the policy positions of each candidate and their alignment with the FBU’s interests, as well as a range of factors including, crucially, which candidates have already qualified for the ballot of Labour members.
“Labour members should have a choice from the widest possible range of candidates – and we’re glad that Richard will join Angela on the ballot.”
FBU members in England and Wales who contribute to the political levy can register as an affiliated supporter vote in the Labour leadership and deputy leadership election. For more information, please see here.