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Does the left now stand a chance in the Unite leadership election? | Sienna Rodgers

  The leftwing vote is no longer so stretched with the withdrawal of Howard Beckett, but that doesn’t mean it is in the bag The election for general secretary at the trade union Unite has the potential to dramatically reshape the labour movement and the left in Britain – and it has just been shaken up with a last-minute candidate withdrawal.Howard Beckett , head of legal and politics in the Labour-affiliated union and a fierce critic of party leader Keir Starmer, has withdrawn from the race and endorsed fellow assistant general secretary Steve Turner. After repeatedly setting and missing deadlines, Beckett and Turner struck a deal, just before ballot papers needed to be printed. Ajoint statement reveals that Turner has pledged to implement a “blended manifesto” if elected, taking the best ideas from his and Beckett’s platforms. This means he would support Beckett’s Unite TV initiative, giving each region and nation a studio from which to broadcast on YouTube, and would back a structura .. Full story on 

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