Comment likely to appalling large swathe of union’s membership
Unite leadership hopeful Sharon Graham has insisted she is standing in the contest, despite efforts to find a ‘unity’ candidate – and adapted a famous quote by Tory PM Margaret Thatcher to do it.
Graham told the BBC that she had no intention of dropping out of the election because
“The lady is not for standing down.”
The words are a clear echo of the infamous ‘milk snatcher’s ‘the lady is not for turning’.
It is hard to imagine using the words of a Tory who waged war – sometimes literally – on the union movement can do other than trash any left pretensions and outrage many who will be voting in this election, particularly as she is campaigning on an insular platform of withdrawing from political life to focus on ‘back to the workplace’, a phrase that already misses the key importance of the union’s political and legal influence on behalf of its members.
Ms Graham’s campaign has been contacted for comment.
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