Elections 25 July 2010 Ed Miliband wins backing of Unite The support of the UK’s largest union will give a major boost to his campaign. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML The Labour leadership contest intensified even further this weekend as it was revealed that the shadow energy secretary, Ed Miliband, had won the support of the UK's biggest trade union, Unite. Yesterday, the union's national policy committee voted in favour of Ed Miliband, giving him 24 nominations. It will now recommend that when the national executive meets on Monday it vote publicly to back the Doncaster North MP's candidacy for the party leadership. Miliband -- younger brother to the favourite, David -- already has support from Unison and the GMB. With Unite's decision, he now has the three largest trade unions behind him. Meanwhile, David Miliband has won the support of two unions -- Community and Usdaw -- and the shadow education secretary, Ed Balls, is being backed by the Communication Workers Union. Diane Abbott has the backing of the Transport Salaried Staff Association and Aslef, the train drivers' union. No union has come out in support of the fifth candidate, Andy Burnham. Unite's backing of Ed Miliband is a particular blow to Ed Balls, who is now rumoured to be considering pulling out of the race. Read exclusive interviews with all five candidates in this week's New Statesman. › Alistair Darling on the “tragedy” of Labour Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles The Tinkerbell theory: I wish politicians would stop blaming their failures on my lack of belief Is the Unite general secretary election over already? What is Penelopegate?