Jim Kelly, Chair of United Left London and Eastern, attacked article saying Unite Ireland and UL regional secretary legend Jimmy Kelly had endorsed Howard Beckett as the left’s general secretary candidate
One of a number of bizarre aspects of United Left’s faulty process on Saturday to select its nominee for the next general secretary of Unite was that the selection hustings began with an attack on the SKWAWKBOX, which was neither participating nor voting in it.
That attack was matched by an article on the United Left website that attacked the SKWAWKBOX for “not mak[ing] clear” that Unite legend as the union’s Irish regional secretary Jimmy Kelly, who had resoundingly endorsed Howard Beckett for the nomination, was not London and Eastern chair Jim Kelly.
The SKWAWKBOX article named the legendary Jimmy Kelly as regional secretary. This site was unaware that the other Mr Kelly existed until he wrote his article, so was not aware that any making clear was required – but it was entirely precise in referring to the endorsing Mr Kelly as a regional secretary, not as a chair.
Regional Secretary Kelly’s video statement of Howard Beckett, which Beckett’s campaign pushed hard because of his legendary status in the union movement, unequivocally was an endorsement:
He also referred to himself very clearly to his long time as Unite’s Irish regional secretary.
The SKWAWKBOX offers its regrets to the London Mr Kelly for not having heard of him.
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