GMB North West & Irish Region
15 November 2019

Union leader receives overwhelming backing in all-member poll

Current GMB General Secretary Tim Roache has been re-elected for second term after an all member ballot, the union announced today.

The sitting General Secretary, first elected in 2015, was re-elected by a decisive margin,

He received 61% of valid votes cast, defeating challenger Kathleen Walker Shaw, who received 39% of valid votes cast.

The election was independently conducted by Electoral Reform Services. 

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

“It’s a huge honour to have received this backing from GMB members. I’m humbled by the support and encouragement I’ve received.

“I’m so grateful to members for putting their trust in me once again to build on the best of our traditions and continue our work building a twenty first century union.

"We’re growing our profile, building our power and working to change the world of work.

“When I stood four years, I pledged to be an activist General Secretary and to lead from the front. I’ve been true to my word and will continue to fight for our members, their families and communities.”

GMB North West & Irish Region