Following NUM NEC meeting 14 January 2020 backing was given for Angela Rayner to become Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Lisa Nandy to be become leader of the Labour Party. The gender of the candidates was not an issue. All candidates were considered to be suitable. The need to win back support for the Labour Party from former mining communities was a consideration and both nominations are on the ‘coalface’ so to speak. We need to work hard to win the next General Election and the work starts now and whoever is elected as Leader and Deputy Leader will have the support of the National Union of Mineworkers.