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Ray Collins (born c.1955) is a Britishmarker trade unionist who was appointed General Secretary of the Labour Party on 12 June 2008.

Collins was appointed Central Office Manager of the Transport and General Workers' Union in 1984 and held essentially the same post until 2008, being redesignated Head of Administration in the 1990s and Assistant General Secretary in 1999.

Collins has been a member of the Labour Party for over thirty years and has campaigned for the party in every General Election since 1970. He is TGWU representative on the Labour Party National Policy Forum and a member of Labour's National Constitutional Committee.

In December 2007 he was named the 27th most influential LGBT person in British politics by Pink News. He helped steer the TGWU into a merger with Amicus, creating Unite, one of the largest trade unions in the country. Collins took the helm as the party is reportedly close to bankruptcy. In May, Electoral Commission figures showed the party was £17.8 million in debt.

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  1. Labour Press Release
  2. "The 50 most powerful LGBT people in British politics", Pink News, 27 December 2007
  3. "Ray Collins is new Labour general secretary", Pink News, 13 June 2008



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