Len McCluskey is expected to support rule changes that will ensure a leftwing candidate will be able to stand in future Labour leadership elections [Image: Gareth Fuller/PA].

Clearly, this means more members of Unite support Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing Labour Party than any attempt to restore it to the neoliberals who ruined the party’s chances in the 2010 and 2015 general elections.

Meanwhile Gerard Coyne, who championed the right-wing, has been suspended from his position in the union, for reasons that have yet to become clear. Perhaps we should all draw our own conclusions from that.

This Writer would like to think Mr McCluskey will be able to find a place for Ian Allinson, the grassroots candidate, in his leadership team. Mr Allinson has spoken impressively whenever I have seen him.

Len McCluskey has been re-elected leader of the Unite union in a narrow victory that has been greeted with relief by supporters of the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

The incumbent defeated his opponent, Gerard Coyne, after a bitter month-long campaign that culminated in Coyne’s suspension from his union role 24 hours before the vote declaration.

McCluskey won 59,067 votes (45.4%), Coyne won 53,544 (41.5%) and grassroots candidate Ian Allinson took 17,143 (13.1%), on a turnout of just over 12%, the union announced.

Coyne’s team was hoping for a high turnout of up to 20% of the membership, which they believed would have ensured a surprise victory. McCluskey’s vote dropped from 144,570 in 2013 when the turnout was nearly 15%.

The result was a boost for the Labour leader and the left of the Labour party.

McCluskey is a close ally of Corbyn and is expected to use Unite’s influence to push through rule changes that will ensure a leftwing candidate will be able to stand in any future Labour leadership election.

Source: Len McCluskey re-elected leader of Unite by narrow margin | Politics | The Guardian

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