Monica Lennon’s campaign to be Scottish Labour leader took another step forward today (mon) with the announcement that she has won the backing of UNISON Labour link.
In her role as with the Scottish Labour Health spokesperson Monica Lennon has advanced many of the public services union’s priorities in protecting staff during the pandemic.
Gordon McKay, Chair of UNISON Labour Link said.
‘As the biggest trade union in Scotland, made up of 80% women members UNISON Scotland Labour Link is delighted to nominate Monica Lennon for Leader of Scottish Labour.
“The effectiveness Monica’s support of the NHS and public services, and her obvious commitment to those working in them at this critical time show that she is the right person to take our Party and our country forward.
Monica has a track record of delivering on women’s rights and equality and this reflects the values of UNISON for a good and decent society.”
Responding to the announcement Monica Lennon MSP, Scottish Labour Leadership candidate, said:
“I’m proud to have the endorsement of Unison Scotland Labour Link in my bid to become leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
“I came into politics to make life better for workers and for people who don’t get a fair start in life.
“As leader of Scottish Labour, my mission will be to deliver the radical social and economic change that the country needs.
“I will work with Unison Scotland members in the social care sector to build a National Care Service that puts people before profit.
“It is by working with Unison Scotland, the wider trade union movement and people outside of the corridors of power that I have achieved significant wins in Parliament, including routine Covid testing for healthcare workers and a social care staff support fund for those needing to self-isolate.
“My leadership is focused on doing things differently and building the people’s recovery that Scotland needs.”