Claims against Unite's Len McCluskey dimissed

A series of complaints brought against failed leadership contender for
Unite's General Secretary position, Gerard Coyne were dismissed by the
Trade Union regulator.


The certification officer found that claims that the contest had been
unfairly biased towards Len McCluskey were baseless, adding "None of
the complaints succeed and they are, therefore, all dismissed."

The result of the Unite election saw McCluskey win with 59,067 votes
(45.4 per cent) to Coyne's 53,544 (41.5 per cent).

Gail Cartmail, the assistant general secretary of Unite, said the
decision on Friday was the "correct one".

"This is an emphatic ruling that ought to draw a line under matters
once and for all, allowing this union to do what it does best, defend
the interests of its members,".

"Gerard Coyne and his supporters should reflect upon whether the
manner in which they have conducted themselves reflects the values of
our members and whether they have any place in our movement."

Responding to the decision, in a statement Mr Coyne said: "I'm
obviously disappointed by today's ruling. I'd like to express my
thanks to everybody who voted for me last year and to those who have
supported me over the past year, particularly my family."

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