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Gerard Coyne says Brexit voters expect immigration to be curbed [Image: PA].

I can’t say I’m sorry to see Gerard Coyne making a fool of himself.

This is a man whose sole purpose is to undermine his trade union and the support it provides to plans for a better future – not just for Unite members but for workers across the United Kingdom.

The organisations mentioned in the article – representing workers born abroad but working in the UK – are right to oppose his comments.

But This Writer is sure that other workers are – and should be – equally incensed by the challenger’s divisive rhetoric.

Is this really a man who will stand up for everybody? Or is he just another divide-and-rule dupe?

The trade unionist challenging Len McCluskey for the leadership of Unite has been accused of running a “highly irresponsible” and “populist” campaign after he blamed foreign nationals living in the UK for contributing to job insecurity.

Gerard Coyne said on Monday that “the presence of a very large number of foreign nationals” in the UK was putting pressure on British workers at a time of austerity.

The 3million pressure group, which campaigns for the rights of the three million EU nationals living in the UK, said many of the EU nationals voting in the Unite leadership election would not trust Mr Coyne and his “anti-immigration” credentials to represent them.

Open Europe, the successor to the official Remain campaign, additionally suggested Mr Coyne was going against the wishes of trade unionists, who “overwhelmingly” backed single market membership.

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