Skwawkbox has already reported support of right-wingers, but pressure is being applied behind the scenes to get disgraced right-winger Coyne not to stand in case he takes votes from Steve Turner
Last month, Skwawkbox exclusively covered the decision of right-wingers within the Labour party to swing their support behind Steve Turner in the contest to become Unite’s next general secretary after their 2017 candidate, the disgraced Gerard Coyne, looked set to fail to qualify for the ballot. But it seems the Labour right has now gone further.
The BBC’s Iain Watson, in his coverage of the formal start of the campaign after incumbent Len McCluskey confirmed yesterday that he is retiring, noted that:
there is nervousness amongst some Starmer supporters that his candidature would take votes from Steve Turner and in turn increase the chances of their “nightmare scenario” – Howard Beckett winning.
At least one shadow minister has urged Mr Coyne to rethink.
Keir Starmer and his supporters feel that Turner’s readiness to make an accommodation with Labour’s current leader means he will not represent too great a threat to their interests and their headlong rush to the right compared to the ‘nightmare scenario’ of a win for Beckett, who has consistently called out the eagerness of Starmer and the Labour right not to challenge the Tories even while the ramp up their assault on working people and their rights, pay and conditions.
Meanwhile, Blairite Rachel Reeves has signalled yet another attack on the union movement itself, telling ITV’s Peston show that she is ‘relaxed’ about restricting unions in the same way as the unaccountable lobbyists representing corporations and billionaires:
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