Mark Drakeford, who last week launched his campaign for the Welsh Labour leadership with a statement of socialist solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn, has made a strong start to his campaign, winning two key union endorsements.
Drakeford’s endorsement by Unite has been confirmed this evening, with congratulations tweeted by Welsh regional secretary Peter Hughes, general secretary Len McCluskey and others:
Drakeford was also endorsed by South Wales NUM (National Union of Mineworkers). Welcoming the announcement, Drakeford said the 1984 Miners’ Strike was a key formative moment in his political career:
During the miners’ strike of 1984 I went as an official observer from my union to report back on picketing at collieries in south Wales. We would leave at 4-30 in the morning to visit various pitheads as witnesses to events…and the sight of seeing hundreds of police deployed by Thatcher’s government in that desperate dispute is seared into my memory.
Drakeford’s prospects are considerably strengthened by the recent decision by a special Welsh Labour conference to introduce OMOV (one member, one vote) for the party’s leadership elections.
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