Unite’s Len McCluskey writes to Labour General Secretary Iain McNicol – and calls for an independent inquiry

4th July, 2013 6:49 pm

In a letter to Labour Party General Secretary Iain McNicol this evening, Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey has said that he has lost trust in Labour HQ and its investigations – and calls for an independent inquiry:

“Simply a ‘stitch-up’ designed to produce some evidence, however threadbare, to justify pre-determined decisions taken in relation to Falkirk CLP.

“Even on the basis of this flimsy report, it is clear that these decisions cannot be justified. There is no emergency which would justify imposing these undemocratic restrictions, since any real problems could easily be addressed before embarking on a parliamentary selectionprocess.

“The report has been used to smear Unite and its members. Even if the allegations of people being signed up to the Party without their knowledge were true, this had nothing whatsoever to do with my union.

“It is noteworthy that members of the shadow cabinet have been in the lead in initiating this attack upon Unite. Have they had sight of this report while I, the leader of the union put in the frame, has not had the courtesy of a copy?

“The mishandling of this investigation has been a disgrace. I, however, am obliged to uphold the integrity of Unite, and I can no longer do so on the basis of going along with the activities of a Labour Party administration in which I can place no trust.

“I will therefore be publicly proposing that an independent inquiry be held into all circumstances relating to Falkirk CLP and the conduct of all parties involved, including Unite, the Labour Party centrally (including the Compliance Unit) and in Scotland, the officers of the CLP itself, and all those who have sought or are seeking nomination as the Labour PPC.

“Unite will cooperate fully with such an inquiry, and draw appropriate conclusions from any findings regarding our own behaviour. I trust that you will support such an inquiry, will direct all Labour Party employees to cooperate with it and encourage other individuals to do likewise.”

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  • rekrab

    Shoulder to Shoulder Len, together, lets take them on.

  • Steve Stubbs

    so now can we have the previous selections Unite claim to have fixed reviewed?

  • Mike Homfray

    Good. Had enough of Progress and the Blairite entryists .

  • Today has gone well then, the pound has fallen, coup in the middle east, Labour fall out with biggest supporter. Any news on welfare? Deficit reduction? Economic growth?

  • Pete

    Personally, I’m curious to know who would conduct such an inquiry, considering it would surely have to be carried out by someone entirely separate from the entire labour movement in order to be truly independent.

    • rekrab

      Leveson? oops!

  • Chilbaldi

    Go home Len

  • Bob

    The Falkirk fiasco and the argument between Labour and Unite will have a long term impact at the next general election and could cost the labour party the election.
    Len and the two Ed’s need to quash their differences and work together to force this coalition out.The labour party have to be the party of the people so it must tackle the following issues to succeed.
    The NHS and pensioners welfare, Education, Economic growth, State benefits, The bedroom tax and Deficit reduction in a more sympathetic way.

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