Date: 13 Aug 2008
UNISON's Scottish LabourLink nominates Cathy Jamieson MSP and
Bill Butler MSP
Following a meeting with all the leadership candidates last night
UNISON LabourLink Scotland has decided to nominate Cathy Jamieson
MSP for Leader, and Bill Butler MSP for Deputy Leader of Labour
in the Scottish Parliament.
Pat Rowland Chair of UNISON LabourLink Scotland said: "We heard
a series of excellent presentations from all the candidates in this
important election and were impressed by the range of ideas and
the quality of all the candidates. However, the Committee overwhelmingly
believes that Cathy Jamieson and Bill Butler best reflect the key
Labour values that UNISON believes the Party has to champion if
Labour is to retain the support of working people."
For Further Information Please Contact: Dave Watson (Scottish
LabourLink Officer) 07958 122 409 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications
Officer) 0771 558 3729(m)
Cathy Jamieson today welcomed the support of UNISON, one of Scotland's
largest trade unions, which last night nominated her for Leadership
of Labour in the Scottish Parliament. UNISON has significant membership
in local government, the health service and the voluntary sector.
She said "I welcome this support. UNISON is a campaigning union
with an active membership and I want to see that type of energy
brought into the Labour Party. I am determined that the voice of
those trade unionists who affiliate to the Labour Party will be
heard. The Labour Party needs to reconnect with those whom it represents."
Pat Rowland, Chair of UNISON LabourLink Scotland said, "UNISON
believes that Cathy Jamieson reflects the key Labour values that
The Labour Party has to champion if Labour is to retain the support
of working people."
Cathy Jamieson said she is exactly where she expected to be at
this stage of the campaign. "I am heartened by the widespread expressions
of support from grass roots members. When the votes cast at nomination
meetings are added up across Scotland, it shows that I am well placed
in this contest. I have always anticipated that my support would
come from grass roots Labour Party and trade union members. I am
determined to give them a voice. The Labour Party needs to change
and I will be taking this message to the ballot."