Mass positive response to left favourite’s willingness to put movement first – and condemnation for rivals who refused to budge – panics Turner camp
Steve Turner’s supporters appear to have been thrown into a panic by Skwawkbox’s exclusive revelation that left favourite Howard Beckett had made no fewer than four offers – two that included him stepping out of the contest – in an attempt to resolve the Unite candidacy for the good of the movement.
Skwawkbox broke the news this afternoon:
Every one of the attempts was rebuffed by the other two candidates – even when Beckett said that he would step out of the contest if only the other two would either agree between them which one would stand, or agree to stand on a joint ticket. Turner reportedly feels that it is his ‘turn’, while Graham wants sole control.
The response to the revelations that Beckett had been the only candidate willing to put the movement before himself received a huge positive response – and provoked evident consternation in his rivals, who had to find some way to throw shade on his moral superiority. Hundreds of positive replies, both to this and to a subsequent tweet by Evolve Politics, came in thick and fast – and not only from his supporters:
What was the Turner camp to do, with Unite members tweeting that their candidate and his female rival were driven by ego over the needs of members and the labour movement? Turner supporter and former spin doctor Matt Zarb-Cousin typified the reaction, posting multiple tweets and desperately trying to claim that Beckett should step down anyway, even if his opponents continued to ‘split’ the theoretical ‘left vote’. Those tweets received the same kind of response as his preferred candidate’s intransigence:
Dozens of pro-Turner accounts appear to have been mobilised to try to act as ‘spoilers’ against the Beckett revelations. But they are failing – because the reality that only Beckett was prepared to sacrifice his own position for the sake of the union, its members and the wider movement has done nothing but boost his obvious popularity even further.
Evolve Politics has been repeatedly trying to reach Turner, via several methods, for comment on his refusal to engage with Beckett’s offers, but he has not responded.
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