These Labour MPs Support The Public Sector Strike Even If Ed Miliband Doesn’t

The Labour leader says strike action represents failure. These MPs are willing to stand up for strikers.

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Labour leader Ed Miliband has come out against today’s public sector strike, which unions claim has seen hundreds of thousands of teachers, firefighters and other local council staff walk out of work in protest at pay and conditions.

“Nobody wants to see these strikes because of the disruption that is being caused for parents and others,” Miliband said. “Strikes are always a sign of failure on all sides but the key now is to prevent further strikes and further disruption happening.”

“When the Government is today ramping up the rhetoric against public service workers demonising them even more I don’t think that’s the answer. The answer is to get round the table and prevent further strikes happening.”

But these Labour MPs have still come out in support of today’s strikes:

1. Jeremy Corbyn, Islington North.

2. Diane Abbott, Hackney North and Stoke Newington.

3. Kelvin Hopkins, Luton North.

4. Jim McGovern, Dundee West.

Good luck to everyone out on #strikeaction across the UK today. #solidarity

— Jim McGovern (@JimMcGovernMP)

5. Yasmin Qureshi, Bolton South-East.

Speaking at Victoria Square Bolton in support of #J10strike Our public sector workers deserve better from this govt

— Yasmin Qureshi (@YasminQureshiMP)

6. Katy Clark, North Ayrshire and Arran.

Solidarity to workers from across the UK taking industrial action today for better pay, pensions & working conditions #J10

— Katy Clark (@KatyClarkMP)

7. Ian Lavery, Wansbeck.

A message of solidarity to those key workers in our society who are on strike today. Britain Needs a Pay Rise. YOU HAVE MY FULL SUPPORT!!

— Ian Lavery MP (@IanLaveryMP)

8. Dennis Skinner, Bolsover.

Dennis Skinner MP tells #Chesterfield #J10 #strike rally #Labour should abolish anti union laws & end pay freeze

— NUTArea3 (@NUTArea3)

9. Hywel Francis, Aberavon.

Thank you Hywel Francis MP for the support for #J10 http://t.co/70tayEWBxo

— NUT (@NUTonline)

10. Grahame Morris, Easington.

#Solidarity with all workers who are on strike today to defend their terms and conditions and our public services #BritainNeedsaPayRise

— Grahame Morris (@grahamemorris)

11. Steve Reed, Croydon North.

We shd condemn the Govt for forcing 1m committed public sector workers into striking today to protect public services

— Steve Reed MP (@SteveReedMP)

12. Dave Anderson, Blaydon.

Solidarity with my Gateshead Unison comrades & Dave Anderson MP. Support the strike, Britain needs a pay rise #j10

— Helen Hughes (@Redhelen345)

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