Damo’s summary respectful of both candidates but absolutely clear on the inescapable
As the SKWAWKBOX reported earlier, the United Left nomination result became a fiasco after Steve Turner was announced as the winner by three votes but within minutes more than a dozen (and potentially many more) Beckett supporters were shown to have been denied a vote, including two prominent members who publicly endorsed Beckett – while at least one deceased UL member was able to cast a ballot.
Beckett and a number of members of the United Left executive have rightly refused to accept an obviously unsafe result, with the executive members demanding a re-run. Labour activist and commentator Damo Willey has published a video that nails the situation perfectly:
Additionally, the SKWAWKBOX has been told that London United Left refused to share its member data with the Beckett campaign, raising further concerns about the fairness of the contest.
There’s no evidence to suggest Steve Turner had anything to do with the anomalies, but the anomalies incontestibly exist – and are fatal to the integrity of the result in a tight contest. Profiting from such a result would reflect badly on anyone who does it and those with a commitment to the democracy of the left and the union need to demand it be re-run, with independent organisers to ensure that everything is done properly and fairly.
If Steve Turner wins under those circumstances, he will deserve congratulations and support to win the union-wide general secretary election when it takes place – and the same goes for Beckett.
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