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Simpson gets 90 nominations

Issue No. 1797

THE LEFT wing challenger to Sir Ken Jackson in the leadership election for the AEEU section of the Amicus union has already notched up 90 nominations from union branches. Derek Simpson is challenging Blair's favourite union leader Sir Ken Jackson to become joint leader of Amicus, Britain's second biggest union.

Simpson only needs 30 branch nominations to stand in the election. More than three times that number have now voted to support his candidacy. Nominations close at the end of this month. This shows there is a real mood for a left alternative to Jackson. Jackson supporters have resorted to touring branch meetings to try to swing the votes against Simpson.

Union employees suddenly appeared at Dagenham motor vehicles branch earlier this month to vote for Jackson. But nevertheless the branch still decided to back Derek Simpson. These tactics show how concerned Jackson's supporters are over Simpson's challenge.

Simpson is urging his supporters to campaign hard to get even more nominations, and deliver a blow to Jackson and his backers in New Labour.

Join Derek Simpson's campaign - phone 0114 236 1419 or e-mail [email protected]

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Sat 27 Apr 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1797
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