Andy McSmith – the head of media for Gerard Coyne’s campaign for the Unite General Secretary position – has been seen meeting with James Robinson, who is head of media for Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson and husband of Progress MP Gloria De Piero.
The meeting took place in Portcullis House, just opposite the main Parliament building.
McSmith then went directly to the office of Jack Dromey, another Midlands MP, ally of Watson and Coyne supporter, on the 2nd floor of Portcullis House, where he proceeded to discuss with Dromey the role that ‘Nick’ (presumably Nick Buckley, media for Coyne and close friend of Watson) would play in the 5 days remaining until ballots for the Unite election are sent out.
The conversation was overheard from outside the room, through an open door.
These meetings prove a direct relationship between these Labour MPs and the Coyne campaign – and that Tom Watson’s staff is using time paid for by the Labour Party to interfere in Unite’s election.
In view of the likely deliberate breach of the Data Protection Act by someone in the Labour Party, who appear to have been feeding members’ contact information to Coyne’s campaign, this meeting also suggests a significant avenue of investigation for the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Watson and Dromey have serious questions to answer, especially in the light of Watson’s unwelcome intervention earlier in the week in the Unite election, when he claimed that Unite were planning to fund pro-Corbyn campaign group Momentum – an intervention for which he was soundly rebuked by the union.
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