As the SKWAWKBOX revealed last week, the recent departure of Kezia Dugdale as Scottish Labour opened a window of opportunity for Jeremy Corbyn by giving him a narrow advantage on the party’s National Executive Committee. It seems the Labour leader is not wasting it.
There have been accurate rumours for weeks that the anti-Corbyn USDAW union and the equivocal Unison have been trying to take an extra seat on the NEC, but the SKWAWKBOX can reveal that these will go to rail union ASLEF and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
The FBU reaffiliated with Labour after Corbyn’s victory and ASLEF’s Tosh McDonald is a firm Corbyn supporter.
This is a massive step forward for the party’s leadership and membership – what should be the first of several that will be welcomed by the vast majority of Labour members.
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