A record number of nominations have been submitted for the leadership of Britain’s largest trade union.
Almost 1,500 branches, the most ever, have made nominations for the post of Unite general secretary – reflecting, according to some prominent officers, membership disquiet over the closeness between the current leadership and the Labour Party leadership. Unite is Labour’s single biggest donor.
Incumbent general secretary Len McCluskey received 1,185 nominations, the equivalent of 559,000 members, compared with West Midlands general secretary Gerard Coyle, with 187 nominations representing 98,000 members and Fujitsu worker Ian Allison with 76 branches and 37,000 members.
Acting general secretary Gail Cartmell said: “It is very welcome that so many branches and members have taken a full part in the process which shows the very strong level of participation in our democracy.”
The ballot closes on 19 April.