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The UK’s largest trade union has elected its first female leader, handing a significant victory to the forces of moderation trying to rebuild Labour after the party’s failed flirtation with Marxism, anti-semitism and serial incompetence under Jeremy Corbyn.
Christina McAnea won 47.7% of the vote. She will succeed Dave Prentis as General Secretary of Unison and take up the post on the 22 January. Unison has 1.3 million members – most work in the NHS and public sector.
Following the announcement of her victory, Ms McAnea tweeted: “We made history! Thanks so much for all the support. I may be the first woman GS in UNISON, but I won’t be the last.”
Sir Keir Starmer congratulated McAnea on her victory: “I know you will be a brilliant representative for UNISON members. And it’s a significant moment for the union to elect its first woman General Secretary. I look forward to working with you,” the Labour leader tweeted.