Claims to the contrary are fake news. The Unite general secretary campaign should be run on facts and issues, not smears
As the contest to become Unite the Union’s next general secretary heats up, claims have been made on social media that assistant general secretary Steve Turner did not condemn racist boos by Millwall FC supporters at opposing players ‘taking a knee’ before a game – and that he has written, like right-winger Gerard Coyne who now looks like failing to qualify for the ballot, for the odious S*n ‘news’paper.
Neither of these are true. Turner, a Millwall fan, tweeted in December 2020 at the time of the incident condemning the behaviour of fans and racism generally and did so in the strongest terms:
Similarly, Turner has not written for the S*n. In September 2018, Turner made comments, at a Stand up to Racism fringe event at the TUC about Islamist extremism driving some working-class men to right-wing group. Those comments were also reported in the Independent at the time:
However, while the S*n quoted Turner extensively he did not write for it.
As readers will be aware, Skwawkbox is backing Howard Beckett to be Unite’s next general secretary and has published articles explaining why. But the contest should be decided on facts and issues, not on smears and falsehoods.
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