‘Usual suspects’ backed Coyne – and Turner. Both lost
Despite the attempts of the Labour right and Keir Starmer’s office to pretend that it was a good result for them, yeterday’s win for Sharon Graham in the Unite general secretary contest was a further humiliating defeat for the right, in particular the ‘usual suspects’ in the West Midlands.
Jack Dromey, other half to Harriet Harman and a Coyne backer in 2017, had backed Steve Turner – a fatal mistake for Turner’s campaign to allow it, let alone to try to court the right-wing vote – even featuring prominently in Turner’s online campaign launch event.
And while Dromey swung to Turner, a string of Labour-right figures backed Gerard Coyne, undeterred by Coyne’s conduct and humiliation during the 2017 contest. Former deputy leader Tom Watson called for votes for the right-winger early in the campaign:
Shortly after the reviled Rupert Murdoch’s press empire came out in support of Coyne, right-wing MP Jess Phillips – an attendee at Murdoch’s party’s – followed suit:
And John Spellar, founder of the hard right pressure group Labour First, got in on the act too:
The Starmer-friendly press have been eagerly regurgitating the claims of unnamed Labour sources that Sharon Graham’s victory is a victory for Keir Starmer – but the reality is that the right swung squarely behind Coyne, and behind Turner as a ‘plan b’ and did everything they could to ensure a victory for one or the other of them.
Graham’s victory therefore represents the Labour right – and especially in the West Midlands – getting its collective arse handed to it by the grassroots of the union movement. Coyne came last – and Turner almost certainly would have come last by a distance without the votes of those Howard Beckett supporters who could bring themselves to do so.
Don’t let the Labour right/centrist media axis rewrite history and fool you – the right is not as strong as it wants you to think and it folds in the face of collective resistance.
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