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Left-winger Paul Holmes has this morning been elected president of the giant Unison union. However, Holmes was suspended as part of what his supporters say was an attempt to nobble him in last year’s general secretary contest and is therefore currently unable to take up the office.
Holmes stood regardless and was by far the leading left candidate, but was prevented from winning the race by the insistence of Roger McKenzie, who was backed by the left Establishment but lacked Holmes’s wide grassroots support, on standing.
In spite of the continuing effect of the machinations against Holmes, the left still controls the presidential team, as Holmes’s running-mates Andrea Egan and Kath Owen have been elected as vice-president and junior vice-president.
A left spokesperson told Skwawkbox:
We now have the Presidential team. There’s still a long way to go but it’s a good start.
Earlier this month, the left took a big majority on Unison’s National Executive, despite the right’s dominance among the senior management team.
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