Leonard gets boost from union

Daily Record - - NEWS - KATRINE BUSSEY

RICHARD Leonard’s bid to be­come Scot­tish Labour leader was yes­ter­day backed by the trans­port and travel trade union TSSA.

Their ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee unan­i­mously gave their sup­port to the left-wing MSP, say­ing his “rad­i­cal­ism” could help the party win back power in Scot­land and across the UK.

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said the de­ci­sion to back the for­mer GMB union or­gan­iser was “one of the eas­i­est de­ci­sions” that the com­mit­tee had ever made.

He stated: “Stand­ing up for Labour val­ues is in Richard’s blood. His track record as a trade union­ist and so­cial­ist speaks for it­self.

“He sup­ports public own­er­ship of rail­ways and life­line ferry ser­vices. He will not hand ScotRail’s keys to the Dutch state rail­way so they can make prof­its at the ex­pense of pas­sen­gers.”

Leonard was also en­dorsed by Glas­gow North East MP Paul Sweeney.

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