Unite trying to force party to hold proper ‘card vote’ instead of show of hands
Keir Starmer’s Labour party machine has spent weeks in an escalating war to rule out conference delegates it thinks may vote against the confirmation of David Evans as general secretary today – but with unions lining up to oppose him and even right unions furious with Starmer’s ineptitude and arrogance, the Labour right is still not confident it has done enough to win the vote.
So the party is now trying to make the vote a mere ‘show of hands’, in which the conference session chair simply declares what s/he takes the result to be from the number of hands up – even though each hand does not carry the same voting weight, as delegates from larger local parties and larger unions represent larger numbers of eligible votes.
This is obviously open to abuse and has been misused by the right before to seize power.
Unite and other unions are furious at yet another attempt to bypass democracy to save the architect of the right’s war on members, unions and freedom of speech and are insisting that a properly-counted ‘card vote’ be held to decide the issue.
The contempt of Starmer, Evans and their faction for democracy and accountability knows no bounds.
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