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Communist Party backs Steve Turner to lead Unite

BRITAIN’S communists have backed lifelong socialist Steve Turner to be next Unite general secretary.

The party’s political committee has endorsed the United Left candidate to replace Len McCluskey as the union’s next leader when the contest begins later this year, noting his contribution to the working class struggle from his time as a bus conductor to being assistant general secretary of Unite.

The committee highlighted Mr Turner’s lead in campaigns to preserve manufacturing and develop green jobs, his battles against racism and inequality, his organising of young workers and his leading role in negotiating the furlough scheme during Covid.

His fight for lay member control and decentralisation in the union were also noted, along with his commitment to a democratic manifesto, drawing ideas and contributions from lay activists throughout Unite. 

A passionate fighter for his class, he believes that only a socialist society can deliver for our people, the committee heard.

The Communist Party called on all communists, socialists and trade unionists to support Mr Turner.

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