McCluskey warns union’s funding must not be ‘taken for granted’
The Unite union, the biggest single donor to the Labour Party, is to review the funds it provides to the party, in what can only be seen as a warning shot across Keir Starmer’s bows.
The planned review is mirrored in an interview given by the union’s general secretary in today’s Observer:
It would be a mistake if anybody took Unite for granted. I think that would be a mistake.
Unite’s assistant general secretary Howard Beckett has publicly welcomed McCluskey’s comments:
McCluskey has also confirmed he intends to stay in post until the end of his elected tenure in 2022, dashing the right’s hopes of replacing him earlier with someone more pliable or an outright right-winger. McCluskey had been expected to retire next year.
The news, both of the review and McCluskey’s stickability, will come as a further boost to a Left already re-energised by the huge success – in spite of right-wing attempts to remove it – of a fundraiser to cover Jeremy Corbyn’s legal costs if he is attacked further in court.
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