Almost two out of three members back Beckett in West London Community nomination meeting
A London Unite branch whose invitation to a debate among three candidates for the leadership of the union was refused by two of them has voted overwhelmingly to support Howard Beckett, the one candidate who had accepted the opportunity to debate his rivals directly.
West London Unite Community had tried to arrange a 3-way hustings featuring Beckett, Sharon Graham and Steve Turner – but Turner and Graham declined, saying they would only attend simple ‘Q&A’ sessions where they were the only candidate on show. Local members said that pressure was subsequently put on a branch official by supporters of the pair to deny that this had happened. In the end, three separate Q&As took place.
And this morning, the huge Community branch has backed Beckett by a massive majority, with 63% voting for him in the branch nomination meeting:
Right-winger Gerard Coyne received only a single vote.
Beckett last night smashed through the nominations threshold of 172, reaching 180 nominations by the end of the day – and his strong campaign has continued today.
Beckett was again the only candidate to agree to appear in a live Socialist Telly hustings that fielded questions from viewers, many of whom are members of the union, despite the offer of an independent chair for the debate.
Skwawkbox is backing Howard Beckett to be Unite’s next general secretary.
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