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Labour Grassroots poll suggests over two thirds of left Unite members want Beckett for general secretary

Survey of 535 members shows 70% back Beckett

A poll of Unite members by Labour Grassroots over the weekend has shown massive support for Howard Beckett out of the four candidates standing to become the Unite union’s next general secretary. Of the 535 members surveyed, 70% said they want Beckett in the role, dwarfing the support shown for nearest rival Steve Turner:

Beckett surged last week past the 172 branch nominations required for a place on the ballot and is understood to have already received around 240 with a week of the month-long nomination phase still to run. Steve Turner, who came second in the Grassroots poll, is expected to reach the threshold but has not yet announced that he has done so.

At a Labour Grassroots hustings event held after the poll, Unite members spoke in favour of their preferred candidate:

Right-winger Gerard Coyne, who appears not to have had a representative willing to speak at the event, is thought to be struggling to reach the nominations required and has recently been pushing paid ads on social media pleading for support.

Beckett’s strong campaign has stunned his rivals, despite an apparently coordinated negative campaign against him that has intensified as the scale of his popularity has become clear.

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