News confirmed via ‘Love Actually’ style tweet (though really it’s far more directly Bob Dylan)
Left favourite Howard Beckett has this evening confirmed his place on the ballot of Unite members to choose the next general secretary of the giant Unite union.
Beckett has withstood huge pressure, as the left machine tried to lever him off despite coming second in nominations and the determination of all other candidates who passed the threshold to take up their place – and his decision is the one the union’s members, the wider movement and the country need.
In typical style, the announcement came couched in humour and with a dig at the Establishment on both sides of the House of Commons:
Questions have been raised about the nomination totals for other candidates, where transparency has been lacking and complaints from disenfranchised members numerous. Beckett, by contrast, announced every one of his nominations and thanked those who voted for him. Now members will have their say and the chance to choose the candidate who stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Feck it, vote Beckett.
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