A Labour MEP in the race to replace Sir Gerald Kaufman in Manchester has today secured support from another trade union.
Afzal Khan, a member of European parliament for the North West, has been backed by Usdaw. This follows backing from the GMB and CWU last week.
Khan, said: “I’m delighted that Usdaw have joined the CWU and GMB trade unions and announced they will be supporting my campaign to be Labour’s candidate in the Gorton by-election.”
“I understand the importance of trade unions in the work place as someone who started off on the shop floor of a cotton mill and worked in Manchester as a bus driver and police officer, before starting my own small business.”
“If I’m successful in being selected as Labour’s candidate in Gorton I will continue to be a strong voice for equality social justice and workers’ rights.”
John Hannett, Usdaw general secretary, said: “Usdaw believes Afzal is the right choice to be Manchester Gorton’s next MP. He has spoken out on the issues facing our members in their working lives and been a strong voice for Manchester. I’m sure that with his skills and commitment, he will be an effective champion for local people.”