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Limited choice in GMB union election

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2478

The deadline for returning ballot papers in the GMB union’s general secretary election has been extended until Wednesday of next week.

The GMB’s 600,000 members have a limited choice—between Tim Roache and Paul McCarthy.

Roache, head of Yorkshire and North Derbyshire GMB, has run a more political campaign and talked left.

“I’m ready to lead a fighting union,” he pledged.

Yet at a GMB 2014 Congress fringe meeting on Labour’s manifesto Roache said, “We need to regain control of our borders” to tackle Ukip.

North West and Irish head Paul McCarthy, who’s spoken out on Hillsborough, seems a better choice.

But while McCarthy talks tough on austerity he doesn’t always take a clear left wing position.

He has fudged the issue of fracking because his region would be at the centre of the industry.


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Tue 3 Nov 2015, 17:28 GMT
Issue No. 2478
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