Bid to re-run Unite leadership election begins

The first step in a bid to re-run the fiercely contested election for the general secretary of Britain’s largest union, Unite, has taken place.

The union watchdog – the “certification officer” – appointed a judge to look in to the claims of the defeated candidate Gerard Coyne that the election should never have taken place and that there was no level playing field.

Mr Coyne lost the contest narrowly last year but is claiming it was wrong for the incumbent, Len McCluskey, to have engineered a contest by resigning before his term of office expired and in effect continuing to carry out the duties of general secretary when he was a candidate – giving him an unfair advantage.

Mr Coyne was sacked as a union official after his bid for the leadership failed.

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