‘And we’re off’ – nomination suggests opponents’ smears have failed to land
On the first day of the nominations process, Unite general secretary candidate Howard Beckett has already received his first branch nomination in the contest to succeed Len McCluskey at the head of the union – and it’s a particularly significant one.
Beckett has been nominated by Bath and Bristol Unite Community branch, with the branch thanked publicly by the candidate minutes ago on social media:
The nomination has particular resonance because Beckett’s opponents had been spreading a smear that he planned to disband Community, Unite’ unique section that gives unwaged people the opportunity to join – an outright lie, as Beckett helped set up Community and was already talking long before the campaign began about his plans to expand it and build it up.
Beckett also debunked the smear live on Socialist Telly in a landmark, no-holds-barred interview last week – and in a specially recorded video for Skwawkbox:
With Beckett’s first nomination coming from a big Community branch, it seems the smear by his opponents has failed to land – and, unsurprisingly, that Community members were always too smart to fall for it.
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