Unite general secretary candidate Howard Beckett has opponents worried, if the level of the smears thrown at him by both Establishment media and supporters of other candidates.
Skwawkbox already showed Beckett dismantling the smear that he intends to wind down the union’s unique ‘Community’ section – when in fact he plans to build it up and empower its members. But on Sunday night, while other candidates have avoided scrutiny from members of the union and the labour movement, Beckett appeared on Socialist Telly to face a ‘no holds barred’ grilling over every one of the smears.
In the first of a series of excerpts from the discussion, Beckett takes on one of the most scurrilous and frequently repeated – that he was fined for taking money, when he was a solicitor, from compensation payments to sick miners. Unsurprisingly, the smear is a lie:
Watch the full interview on the Socialist Telly YouTube channel here – and watch out on Skwawkbox for the rest of the series of clips addressing each specific barb aimed at him.
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