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Members of the trade union ‘Community’ have said they are “confused” after it supported Owen Smith’s candidacy for the Labour Party leadership – without consulting them.

An announcement on the ‘Community’ website states:

Today, Community’s National Executive Council met to discuss the Labour Party leadership election. Both candidates submitted campaign literature as well as written responses to a number of questions, relevant to Community’s members, in advance of the meeting. After a long debate, it was decided that Community should nominate Owen Smith to be leader.

Roy Rickhuss, the union’s general secretary, has written enthusiastically about Mr Smith on the LabourList website. He is quoted as follows: “Corbyn’s leadership now presents a significant barrier to a future Labour government.

“He very plainly cannot lead a party and his continued presence as Labour leader makes our ability to build an election winning, social movement, the likes of which was saw in the late 90s and early 00s, harder not easier.

“Owen Smith offers an agenda that is as radical as it is pragmatic. In a short space of time he has laid out detailed plans to make workplaces fairer and more prosperous. He has shown a real understanding of what an active industrial strategy should look like.

“Owen clearly has incredible ambition in his plan for Britain while recognising the fundamental need for Labour to be trusted with the nation’s finances.”

The soundbites are so familiar, one could be forgiven for thinking he was taking them from a prepared script.

Other unions, like GMB and Unison, are consulting their members before announcing their nominations and it seems clear that ‘Community’ members wanted the same consideration from their executive.

John McPartland, on Twitter, wrote: “I am a member of the Community Union. This is news to me.”

‘Mrs Jones’ noted: “I’m confused? I’m a member of community but wasn’t consulted? Is this normal?”

And ‘Roger C’ summed up as follows: “Smith building plastic support for a plastic campaign. Artificial politics won’t win elections. Smith’s a mockery.”

Way to go, Mr Rickhuss!

Your union may be supporting Smith but, by ignoring them, you’ve practically guaranteed that most of its members will vote for Corbyn.

Source: Community backs Owen Smith for Labour leadership | Community : Community

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