Top union sources have told Socialist Worker that Tory leader David Cameron has declined an invitation to speak at the Trades Union Congress annual conference.
Cameron apparently said he was not coming because his baby was due that week and it also coincided with the Pope's visit to Britain. In addition there is a European leaders' summit he has to attend.
The decision by the TUC general council to invite Cameron caused rebellion in trade union ranks.
Three TUC regions came out against the welcome for Cameron (South West, North West and South East), as did unions including the FBU, RMT, PCS and NUJ. Many trade union branches and regions across a range of unions also condemned the invitation to the man who is leading the assault on everything the TUC is supposed to stand for.
Perhaps Cameron (and some TUC officials) were scared that the furore and threatened walkouts would lead to a more militant reaction to Tory cuts.