Anonymous complaint to GMB union claimed Lisa Johnson aware of allegations against boss
Labour is offering a job to senior GMB official Lisa Johnson, who was once tipped as a potential new general secretary. The anonymous ‘MeToo GMB’ complaint against the GMB’s general secretary alleged that Johnson was one of seven senior union officials who ‘[had] knowledge of the incident’ described in the report.
Johnson’s allies told the Huffington Post that,
the anonymous letter sent to [union] president Barbara Plant last Wednesday appeared to be deliberately aimed at implicating her in the controversy
and the news was widely considered to have damaged her chances of taking the post.
Blairite former assistant general secretary David Evans has now been appointed to the role instead – another in Keir Starmer’s largely white and male admin team – and neither he nor Starmer appear to have been put off by the report’s allegations. The SKWAWKBOX understands that Johnson has been offered a senior role, with party insiders linking the offer to a deal with GMB for their two representatives to back Evans’ appointment, swinging the balance in yesterday’s 20-16 NEC vote.
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