Sky hatchet-job looks like set-up for renewed smears by right-winger Gerard Coyne as he scrabbles for nominations
The Unite union has responded to a ‘deeply misleading’ attack piece televised by Sky News on Wednesday about the union’s new hotel and conference centre in Birmingham – and has refuted it thoroughly:
The Sky segment – which was reinforced by attacks from right-wing MPs to amplify it – showcased disgraced right-winger Gerard Coyne, the Labour First-backed would-be candidate hoping to be Unite’s general secretary. Coyne, whose 2017 attempt to replace Len McCluskey saw him admit data breaches as well as run a smear-packed campaign followed by repeated failed attempts to overturn the result by further smears that backfired on him, is reportedly looking set to fail to get enough nominations to qualify for the ballot.
In January, a Guardian article touted Coyne’s latest bid – yet neglected to mention any of the above facts about his first bid.
The Sky article was thin gruel that looked like little more than an attempt to showcase Coyne’s renewed smears as he tries desperately to scrape together nominations. Unite’s refutation has all the substance that the hatchet-job lacked.
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