As the SKWAWKBOX broke this afternoon, Unite’s Jennie Formby has declared her intention to apply for the position of Labour Party General Secretary.
The response on social media from Labour members, senior party and union figures and many MPs has been overwhelmingly positive, in spite of mischievous attempts by the mainstream media to paint a ‘Unite v Momentum’ picture because of the possibility that Jon Lansman might also apply.
Labour MPs have swung behind a candidacy that has become so popular it generated its own hashtag: #JenSec:
— Andrew Gwynne MP (@GwynneMP) February 27, 2018
Delighted the amazing @JennieUnite has put herself forward to be the next Gen Sec of @UKLabour. Jennie’s knowledge of our movement is second to none, she has incredible organisational ability & huge respect within the party. She has my backing to take us to the next level #JenSec https://t.co/dRHPhEPXxp
— Laura Pidcock MP (@LauraPidcockMP) February 27, 2018
Good to see that friend and comrade @JennieUnite Jennie Formby has announced her candidacy for #JenSec of the Labour Party She certainly has my support Great candidate #ForTheJennie https://t.co/fa0QWWcNrq
— Ian Mearns MP (@IanMearnsMP) February 27, 2018
I can’t think of anyone better to take on leadership of our party’s head office than @JennieUnite. She not only has a formable background in the trade union movement currently as @unitetheunion south east director but is currently an amazing NEC Vice Chair.#ForTheJennie #JenSec
— Lloyd Russell-Moyle (@lloyd_rm) February 27, 2018
I’ve known and worked alongside Jennie Formby and she will make an outstanding General Secretary of the Labour Party. Can’t think of anyone more experienced, hardworking, principled and kind hearted! https://t.co/Z686FIcLSo
— Dan Carden MP (@DanCardenMP) February 27, 2018
Some of the ‘MSM’ tried to float Unite’s Anneliese Midgley as a possible competing applicant, perhaps briefed in an attempt to sow the idea that Unite was divided over the issue. Ms Midgley’s Twitter activity soon made it clear that was nonsense:
While even Labour members who are also part of Momentum were quick to make clear what they wanted:
Prominent Labour activists were also vocal:
Conflicting rumours have started to circulate about Jon Lansman’s intentions, with those claiming that he will stand down growing in strength. A sole left candidate with such strong support as that enjoyed by Ms Formby will surely deter the Labour right from trying to exploit the situation.
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