UNITE and the Labour Party leadership contest
Posted by jerryhicks4gs on July 25, 2010
The UNITE Executive Council meets tomorrow to decide who to back in the Labour Party leadership election.
UNITE Policy Conference overturned the EC to support and Emergency Motion seeking to get all the candidates onto the ballot paper. Despite this, MPs failed to nominate John McDonnell, the candidate most supportive of UNITE policies, such as the repeal of the anti-union laws.
The EC is faced with a choice between four former New Labour ministers and Diane Abbott, who has the backing of John McDonnell and the Labour Representation Committee, and who opposes the cuts, privatisation, Trident and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At the UNITE Policy Conference, Tony Woodley said that he personally could only back a candidate who supported the repeal fo the anti-union laws. It would be a travesty if the UNITE EC backed a candidate who was part of the New Labour government that blocked their repeal for 13 years.