Unite’s Howard Beckett, the strongly-supported left prospect to be the union’s next leader, has formally entered the contest with an announcement that he is seeking nominations to stand for election after the race was started by incumbent Len McCluskey’s announcement of his impending retirement to Unite’s executive yesterday.
Beckett has already attracted huge support from Unite members from different sectors of the union. He confirmed that he would be running after the union’s NEC signalled the starting gun for the election to replace McCluskey as Unite General Secretary. Beckett, Unite’s current Assistant General Secretary for Politics and Legal said:
The Executive Council of Unite the union have just agreed a timetable for electing a new General Secretary. I am delighted to say I will be asking for nominations from Unite branches in order to go on to ask the membership of this union for their vote. This is a critical time for workers across our regions and nations, and I know they expect strong leadership from Unite the union.
We know that this rabid Tory government is hell-bent on making workers pay for this health crisis – just like the made worker’s pay for the bankers crisis – I am determined to stop that from happening.
In the coming weeks I will lay out my vision for Unite and its incredible membership, as we emerge from this global pandemic. I am excited to be part of this contest. I will be holding an official launch of the campaign on Sunday 18th April at 7pm.
Unite Branches will have from 5th May to 7th June 2021 to nominate candidates. Candidates will need 174 branch nominations to proceed to the ballot – 5% of the union’s 3,467 branches. Voting begins on the 5th July.
Follow Howard Beckett on Facebook and Twitter and keep up with his official campaign accounts here and here. Unite members wishing to attend the campaign launch this Sunday at 7pm should register here.
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