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Monkey business in Lyons case

Issue No. 1713

Monkey business in Lyons case

DESPERATE TALKS took place in Downing Street in June to bail out Roger Lyons, the general secretary of the MSF union, who is under increasing pressure to quit. Lyons stands accused of wasting �700,000 of MSF members' money on settling tribunal cases of sacked union staff.

The Guardian revealed last week that talks took place between GMB union general secretary John Edmonds and Lyons in Downing Street on 26 June after a meeting with Tony Blair. Sacked staff, represented by the GMB, have cast light on the amazing expenses claimed by Lyons.

Over half the union's regions have now discussed the case. Half of those have called on Lyons to resign. The executive of the union has been forced to reopen the investigation into Lyons's conduct.

He was clearly rattled when confronted by a 40-strong lobby of MSF members last Saturday outside the executive meeting.

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Sat 9 Sep 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1713
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