UPDATE: Unite responds to Len coup plot

Len McCluskeyUnite has responded to reports Saving Labour might try to unseat general secretary Len McCluskey in a forthcoming coup.

The Guardian today said Labour Party members’ personal data garnered by Saving Labour and being used to campaign against the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, may be used after the leadership election.

Labour MP Graham Jones is quoted in the paper as saying: “As I understand it from conversations that, yes, it would want to try and get involved in making moderate progressive views heard throughout the movement and that may be in the Unite general secretary’s election.”

Now Unite has responded, issuing the following statement: “The leadership of Unite is a matter for Unite members alone.  All experience shows that trade union members strongly resent interference by politicians in union business.  We hope Graham Jones and the mysterious backers of Saving Labour will reflect on this.”

 

Unite is one of ten unions backing Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership election. The others are ASLEF, BFAWU, CWU, FBU, POA, RMT, TSSA, UCATT and UNISON. Community, GMB, the Musicians’ Union and USDAW are supporting Owen Smith.

In a statement last month, the union said: “Unite’s policy conference, made up of approximately 1,000 rank-and-file representatives and held three weeks ago, decided by an overwhelming majority to support Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party. Unite has accordingly submitted a nomination for Jeremy to the Labour Party and will support his campaign for re-election.”

Saving Labour says it has the support of many trade union members.

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