Unite GS hopeful responds to backing of Momentum founder
On Thursday evening, former Momentum boss Jon Lansman came out for Steve Turner to be the next general secretary of the giant – and crucial to the Labour movement – Unite union. Lansman, who last year stepped down from his Momentum role to allow allies to run, ultimately unsuccessfully, as the ‘Momentum Renewal’ slate, tweeted his support for Turner’s bid.
Later on Thursday Steve Turner responded, also on Twitter, to welcome Lansman’s endorsement:
Former Labour NEC member Lansman did not stand for re-election to Labour’s ruling committee earlier this year. In early 2020, while he still headed Momentum, the group was accused of delaying and then splitting the left slate for NEC by-elections triggered by the election of former NEC members to Parliament. The divided slate allowed right-wingers to win NEC seats previously held by the left.
Steve Turner has also been publicly backed by right-wing Labour MP Jack Dromey. According to the BBC’s Iain Watson, members of Keir Starmer’s front bench are even said to be pressuring disgraced right-winger Gerard Coyne to step down from the contest for fear that he will draw votes away from Turner.
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