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BBC ‘unable’ to find clip of Beckett taking on Labour leadership (video)

Ah Iain, we don’t seem to have that particular clip’ – BBC censors Beckett so viewers don’t hear him hold Keir Starmer to account

Yesterday’s Politics Live on the BBC featured a segment on leading Unite general secretary candidate Howard Beckett’s warning to Labour leader Keir Starmer that Starmer’s push to the right will affect the giant union’s funding of the party if Beckett wins the election.

But although political journalist Iain Watson elaborated Beckett’s warning and cued the discussion up for a video featuring Beckett, presenter Jo Coburn told him that the programme ‘didn’t have’ the clip:

It seems the Establishment broadcaster wasn’t keen to show viewers a union leader holding one of its own to account – but the fact remains that Beckett is the only candidate in the election that intends both to exercise the union’s rightful influence on the UK’s politics and, where needed, to call out the actions of Labour – the party that is supposed to represent working-class people to account – just as much as he will the Tories.

And Beckett has made that intention explicit in more ways than simply his funding warning:

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