Anonymous report from ‘concerned GMB staff and members’ claims that senior GMB official had prior awareness of allegations made against union’s general secretary
An anonymous complaint against the GMB union’s general secretary alleges that the senior union official tipped as Keir Starmer’s latest favourite for the position of Labour Party general secretary had prior awareness of the serious allegations made in the complaint. A copy of the allegation document has been circulating on social media.
Lisa Johnson is one of seven union staff that the group of ‘concerned GMB staff and members’ calling itself ‘MeToo GMB’ says ‘have knowledge of the incident’ described in the report.
Tim Roache resigned from the position of general secretary earlier this week. A statement by the union cited health issues, but GMB president Barbara Plant has called for a “fully independent investigation into the serious allegations raised around the departure of our previous [general secretary]”.
Ms Johnson was given several days to comment by the SKWAWKBOX, but did not respond. However, the Huffington Post quoted her ‘allies’ as telling the paper that “the anonymous letter sent to party president Barbara Plant last Wednesday appeared to be deliberately aimed at implicating her in the controversy”.
The Huffington Post also added:
Although Johnson has worked closely with Roache throughout his tenure, it is understood that she had confronted the union boss about his conduct. “Lisa has acted with great courage, integrity and decency throughout this,” one ally said.”
Emilie Oldknow, believed to have been Starmer’s first choice for Labour general secretary, featured prominently in a leaked party report alleging misconduct by then-headquarters staff and is now believed to be out of the running for the position.
The allegations against Tim Roache are unproven and due process must take place. The complaint itself states that the group behind it ‘cannot vouch for the veracity of [the] accusation’.
However, the investigation of the complaint will last a considerable time and until the matter is resolved, Labour’s new leader Keir Starmer will need to take the content of the ‘MeToo GMB’ document into account in any decision about a new general secretary.
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