Supporters of both rival candidates using chair’s statement to claim original story false. It isn’t
On Thursday, Skwawkbox reported that, according to sources within West London Unite Community, two candidates bidding to become Unite’s next general secretary had declined to take part in a hustings against left candidate Howard Beckett. According to sources within the branch, both had said that they would take part in individual Q&A sessions, but not a joint event. Beckett had accepted the hustings invitation.
Now the elderly and frail secretary of the branch has issued a statement claiming this was not the case, which is being used by supporters of both Steve Turner and Sharon Graham to deny that it happened.
The story remains accurate.
It has been confirmed by other sources within the branch – who also reported that the secretary, who was not a source for the information, had come under considerable pressure and even bullying from supporters in other camps when the original article came out.
Skwawkbox stands by its reporting.
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