Unite the Union

Unite the Union

June 12, 2007 12:15 ET

Jon Cruddas wins one thousand new supporters

Outsider continues to build momentum

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 12, 2007) - 1,000 new supporters have signed up to Jon Cruddas' campaign in the last two weeks.

One thousand Labour Party members, including 200 councillors, almost 40 CLP Secretary's and well known names such as education expert Fiona Millar, actor and former NEC member Tony Robinson and playwright David Edgar have joined Jon's campaign following his performance on Newsnight two weeks ago and after hearing him speak at various hustings events up and down the country.

These new supporters are in addition to the hundred grassroots activists that declared their support for Jon earlier in the year.

Jon has also won the support of 68 CLPs, putting him in second place, and has the largest number of trade union and affiliated society nominations, accounting for 1,281,874 of those eligible to vote from Amicus, T&G (now Unite) and the Socialist Health Association.

Jon Trickett, Jon Cruddas' Parliamentary campaign manager, said:

"Jon's campaign is really building with literally hundreds more people signing up every week.

"As well as the momentum Jon's campaign is gaining he is also setting the terms of the debate. His highlighting of the need for a massive new council house building programme, legislation to regulate agency working and the idea that the Deputy Leader should be a full time, have become centre stage of the political agenda."

Jon Cruddas launched his manifesto last week in which he set out key policy areas to renew the party and win the next election. They included
a fully elected second chamber, a moratorium on private sector, involvement in the NHS and an inquiry on Iraq.

Jon Cruddas has received the support of Ken Livingstone, the backing of the T&G and Amicus (now Unite), the support of pressure group Compass, Tony Robinson, actor, activist and NEC member, Tribune, the Campaign for Labour Democracy, the NUS President and hundreds of councillors and activists nationwide.

Jon Cruddas is MP for Dagenham. Jon is standing as a candidate for deputy leader of the Labour Party. For more information on Jon Cruddas' deputy leadership campaign visit www.joncruddas.org.uk

Notes to editors
To view Jon Cruddas' list of 1,000 supporters click on: http://www.joncruddas.org.uk/index.php?getPage=ThousandSupporters
Jon Cruddas manifesto 'Choose Change' can be viewed at: http://www.joncruddas.org.uk/downloads/ChooseChange_VoteCruddas.pdf

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