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FBU general secretary warns trade unions against picking David Evans as Labour general secretary

A FRONTRUNNER among candidates to become Labour’s next general secretary is a “factional figure” and “likely to be extremely divisive,” Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack warned yesterday.

David Evans has emerged as the Labour leadership’s preferred candidate to succeed Jennie Formby this week.

But website LabourList revealed that Mr Wrack has warned trade unions against picking Mr Evans.

He said that Mr Evans would “likely antagonise Labour Party members and unions.”

Mr Wrack added: “David Evans has attacked the reputation of hard-working Labour Party activists, authored a report which called for representative democracy in the party to be abolished, and played a key role in the party in the Tony Blair era when trade unions were sidelined.”

Mr Evans was assistant general secretary of the party from 1999 to 2001 and a regional secretary from 1995 to 1999.

Concerns have been raised over a 1999 report he authored that described local parties as “dysfunctional” and said in terms of “high street presence” they were “more like Trotters Independent Traders than Marks & Spencer.”

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