This blog has long advocated that every Unite member should give his or her wholehearted support to incumbent Len McCluskey in the Unite leadership contest. McCluskey’s steadfast backing of Jeremy Corbyn and Coyne’s right-wing policies, closeness to Labour’s right-wing agitators and the hypocrisy and lack of vision of his ‘Unite should stay out of politics’ nonsense make it a no-brainer, in this writer’s opinion.

In spite of Coyne’s low and lacklustre campaign, however, today’s statement by the union is still astonishing in its slap-down of the Midlands-based challenger, who is close to Labour deputy leader Tom Watson:

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While the statement does not name Coyne specifically, the sections regarding loans or gifts to Len McCluskey and donations to Corbyn’s leadership campaign and Momentum make it unmistakably clear to whom they are referring, as Coyne’s campaign – perhaps in desperation after the huge majority of Unite branches endorsed McCluskey –…

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