July 9th, 2013

New Leaked Unite Briefing Details Plot to Stitch Up Seats

Joey Jones has a private and confidential briefing note that was handed to Len McCluskey in March. It outlines, explicitly, Unite’s plot to stitch up seats.

“The central task of the Political department since the last EC has been to maximise the possibilities of working class and progressive candidates in the Labour Party Parliamentary candidate selection process… Selections are now commencing in a number of seats – and the rest of the selections in the marginals will be completed at least by the end of the year.

 Our expectations are realistic, but we campaign as hard as possible for victories.  A key part of our general political strategy involves winning more Unite members to join and become active in the Labour Party. This has been particularly urgent in those constituencies with forthcoming selections. Indeed it is also readily understandable if you want a progressive working class Labour candidate, join and work for one is the simple message. As soon as the boundary review was abandoned, we accelerated our member development programme. Only members joining prior to six-months before the commencement of the CLP selection process are eligible to participate in the process.

We are working with other Unions to ensure general agreement around candidates in selections. With some give and take broad agreement has been reached across the main trade unions involved. Regions have been asked for their preferences – and in the main have produced comprehensive proposals – usually following regional discussions with TULO or, Big Four unions.

Future Candidates Programme: Our second Future Candidates Programme took place in February. We now have 30 potential candidates on the programme, and will be inducting a further 20 after Easter.  This is a serious long-term training programme, aimed at developing Unite Activists so that they can become candidates for public office.”

They go on to express disappointment at the Labour policy review and plan greater union involvement in setting party policy:

“The Labour Party policy review is proceeding in two ways.  Jon Cruddas is directing the Policy Review, involving Shadow Cabinet groups, and with a number of meetings at Westminster. This is not developing as well as we might like – and we are seeking to get bigger trade union involvement in this.”

You can read the document in full here. Caught red handed…


  1. 1
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:


  2. 2
    Red Ed's non-predator union bosses says:

  3. 3
    Owen Jones says:

    I take this thread to be declaration of all out “twitter” war then.

  4. 4
    Arresting colourds is racist. says:

  5. 5
    Potty Toynbee says:

  6. 6
    Harold Wilson's Pipe says:

    What I am unclear about is how changing the funding arrangements to opt-in has any bearing on the union’s activities regarding packing selection meetings.

    How would it stop another Falkirk?

  7. 7
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:


    Australian extortion funded sector being run like a club for far lefties.

  8. 8
    lolwut says:

    If Labour had known about Unite’s plans, would that have made it OK?

    Seems like a very fine line between this being a stitch up, and being a standard Labour party candidate selection

  9. 9
    dai laughing says:

    the unite paper’s proposals are fair enough – if one is running a political party

  10. 10
    Clean Up The Public Sector says:

    I am more bothered by the number of people who claim they have bribed a policeman in the last year.

  11. 11
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    Victowy is within my gwasp !!!! CALL A GENEWAL EWECTION !!

  12. 12
    abbott loves to divide and rule says:

    What complete hogwash. Not stopping or arresting suspects because they are black is what undermines the police, and race relations.

  13. 13
    Do Keep UP says:

    It is a club of far lefties.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Diane Abbott should be on the TV more – does wonders for the Labour party

  15. 15
    Private Parts says:

    I wish McCluskey all the best in his endeavours. I hope this is the first step in replacing the plastic muppets we currently have leading the 3 main parties with real people. The current Oxbridge SPAD MP route has been shown to fail.

    Perhaps the Tories can follow suit by ensuring their candidates are people with at least 10 years as a senior manager in a successful business.

  16. 16
    The Union Party says:

    Why don’t the Unions start another political party and cast aside their bastard child that is labour?

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    It’s like listening to Derek Hatton all over again. Not a name for the younger contributor.

  18. 18
    Just asking says:

    How many more times likely to be involved in criminal activity?

  19. 19
    Frank says:

    To be frank. The unions do have a fair point. But rather than trying to change the rotten Labour party, would they not be better starting again from scratch with a new working class party?


  20. 20
    Victim of Crime says:

    6 times – at least by proportion in prison I believe

  21. 21
    Wed Millican says:

    Still not able to comment on this massive story on BBC website!!! I wonder why??

  22. 22
    HenryV says:

    It is all beginning to sound a bit like Revolutionary Russia and all the infighting between the various shades of communism (with hints of infighting in the early National SOCIALISM movement in early 1930s Germany.) We have two sets of middle class socialists supposedly arguing over what is best for the working class, because obviously the working class need to be lead for their own good, but in reality it is two groups arguing about power. Power to shore up damaged or flawed personas. Power also because as the sainted Blairs and Kinnocks have shown leads to money in large amounts. Political power, working within the state system, is better than competing in field with concrete results because everything can be kicked down the road or blamed on the last lot or spun.

    Those who can do, those who can’t go into politics. And the latter are probably better off.

  23. 23
    Mr Statistician says:

    Seven times.

  24. 24
    Dweeb says:

    I see another hatchet-faced Labourite has condemned Boris for making a light-hearted quip about female students. He said some students in Islamic countries “have got to find men to marry”.

    Labour’s Shadow Equality Minister whines: “These comments are insulting to the women across the country and across the world who have gone to university, worked hard and used their talents to get on. He should apologise.”

    Here’s yer gal: Kate Green MP

  25. 25
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    > Black people still 7 times more likely to be stopped

    Because they are MORE than 7 times as likely to perpetrate crime.

    Solve the culture problem, not the police.

  26. 26
    Dweeb says:

    And his choice is what? Union convenors, professional agitators, rights activists…

    I’ll take the Oxbridge SPAD any day.

  27. 27
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    it’s more in london.

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    The traditional working class doesn’t exist any more. Not many people work in hard manual jobs. It really is a question of where will Labour get enough votes to win the election in 2015. Not from the tradiitional left.

  29. 29
    The Public says:

    We need to be rid of them all, spads, wonks, pilgrims, the lot.

  30. 30
    Jabba Le Chat says:

    ‘Black people still 7 times more likely to be stopped”

    Only 7 times? Need to get that up to at least 20 times, with a longer term target of 50…

  31. 31
    The Public says:

    There is still a working class. They are not as big as they were, but they are still entitled to representation and the protection of their interests – something the parties in Westminster have utterly failed to do.

  32. 32
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    “We are working with other Unions to ensure general agreement around candidates in selections”

    In other words its a conspiracy

  33. 33
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    Militant Tendancy II

  34. 34
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    I thought many Unions now represented the “non-working but employed class”

  35. 35
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    The ECHR has just decided that it is ‘inhuman’ to look murderers up for ever. They must have a real chance of release

    When will we get a chance of release from the ECHR and the power to elect those who make our laws?

  36. 36
    Matilda says:

    .. and get those wimpish magistrates/judges to impose proper deterrent sentences on those found guilty.

  37. 37
    Penang Banana Leaf says:

    On this one, I have to say, Boris was not funny or clever. As an attempt at humour it was crass.

    I don’t think he should apologise – any apology wold be insincere anyway, but I think he should find an appropriate way to make it up somehow.


  38. 38
    Matilda says:

    … now led by a left-Rudd-er ??

  39. 39
    Tanya Hyde says:

    It’s called smoke ‘n’ mirrors!

  40. 40
    Tanya Hyde says:

    But the word “entryist” is!

  41. 41
    Farmer Gilles says:

    TUP is an excellent name for it – just means we will all continue to get fucked by the politicos.

    To tup or not to tup, that is the question.

  42. 42
    Public sheep says:

    We actually prefer to be ‘led’, rather than ‘lead’ – if it is all the same to you mate.

  43. 43
    Poppy burning Mullah says:

    They should just start blowing things up and beheading people in the street.

    That’s how we managed to browbeat airport security into rifling through little old white ladies’ handbags whilst waving through a procession of beardies and burquas with bulging rucksacks without so much as a second glance.

    Crying racism isn’t enough. You have to back it up with murderous violence. It also helps if you get the UAF and BBC on board.

  44. 44
    Singapore sling says:

    Well, perhaps he might add that some men in Islamic countries also go to university to find a woman to marry – but if all you can see is the eyes, it can be a bit difficult knowing what you are getting for your money.

  45. 45
    John Tandy says:

    Acute Jerrymandering ?

  46. 46
    Penfold says:

    No doubt this document is a fake, created to cause trouble for the unions, who are clean and pure and totally altruistic…………………….

  47. 47
    EU What? says:

    After 25 years of purgatory [or even purgalablibdem]. That seems to be the going rate for any action.

  48. 48
    Go figure! says:

    Blacks are four and a half times more likely to commit serious crimes Fatbutt and that’s a fact. According to the 2011 census the ‘black’ population of England and Wales is 3.3% but the ‘black’ prison population of England and Wales is 13.7%.

  49. 49
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    This business of parachuting in the favoured ones in all the major parties into nice safe, jobbies for life constituencies has to be bought under control, HQ’s just run roughshod over local parties. All the political parties seem to be going through the must have a degree thing, they even now going in for the not only gone to university, but have gone to Oxbridge (so that lets the Geedoes (the Elder and the Younger) out any chance of election as a candidate.

  50. 50
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    That’s what Twits do, what a waste of time when they should be working, now back to work Owen that homework has to be handed in shortly

  51. 51
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    I don’t know about you lot darn sarth but if you see a policeman walking about in my neck of the woods, as Max Miller would say, “Now there’s a funny thing misses, there’s a funny thing”

  52. 52
    The BBC says:

    Not relavant and not what we belive in.

    The social black underclass was created by Thatcher.

    They are not to blame.

    We will ignore this.

  53. 53
    Public sector non-union worker says:

    See http://www.unison.org.uk/about/working-for-unison/jobs-at-unison/

    Funny how these Unions campaign against “Regional pay” but themselves pay a ‘Local Organiser’ in Scotland A QUARTER LESS than a ‘Local Organiser’ in the South West region!!

    Also I bet the HR Administrators segment of UNISON membership on market rates of between £15k – £22k are very pleased to see that their subs are going towards equivalent Unison ‘HR Administrators’ on a starting salary of £34k!

    The gravy on that train bubbles very nicely like champagne!

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    Thats because the working class are now simply a tax cash cow the Labour party can milk to support benefits for new immigrants (think new voters….).

    A but like your car insurance or bank.. once your loyal to your bank, you never check to see if they are still giving you the best savings rate. The bank knows this and screws existing account holders so they can attract new account holders.

    The Labour party have been screwing the working class for over a decade now with their unquestionable support for uncontrolled immigration and the EU, which are both destroying job prospects for the working classes.

  55. 55
    Grandstander says:

    How many labour MP’s are ‘Unite’ members

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Boris should be condemned at each and every opportunity.

    Don’t forget he has recommended an amnesty and passport for all illegal immigrants….!!!!

    Does that sound like a quisling, or a man looking for re-election who doesn’t give a stuff about the UK.

    Boris is a traitor.


  57. 57
    Firm But Fair says:

    For Len McClusky “working class” is code for his pals on the extreme left.

    So much for Labour’s “one nation” talk, now we can see they’re a front for cronyism.

  58. 58
    Jabba Le Chat says:

    Aw didums, UKIP level pegging with the LibDims, and sliding steadily to the bottom where fringe parties normally reside…

  59. 59
    Jabba Le Chat says:

    “the ‘black’ prison population of England and Wales is 13.7%.”

    Only 13.7%? Too low, bring back the SPG…

  60. 60
    Private_Schultz says:

    Yet another thing exacerbated by Clegg’s treachery on boundary reform.

    Opt in sounds good to me, so long as members can opt in to supporting the political party of their choice, not just Liebour.

  61. 61
    The Central Scrutinizer says:

    I would like the Shadow Equalities Minister to provide some guidelines for what can be said when making a joke. From her photo – it looks like she hasn’t had a good laugh in years.

    I suppose she finds jokes about Daily Mail readers, Tories, Bankers and Thatcher to be OK…

  62. 62
    The Central Scrutinizer says:

    All part of the EU’s plan to get us to turn us into compliant citizens. Get us to lose faith in the rule of law – as they turn justice on its head.

  63. 63
    Portfolio says:

    Old Communism or New Labour, one and the same?

  64. 64
    Dai says:

    The Anglesey Stitch-Up

    Recently we were told that “Falkirk selection problems were a one-off”. Harriet Harman, Sunday. Also “What we saw in Falkirk is part of the death throes of the old politics. It is a symbol of what is wrong with politics. I want to build a better Labour Party – and build a better politics for Britain.” David Milliband yesterday.

    Milliband, Harman, and other modernisers, tell us that ‘stitch-ups’ are something that happened in the dark days of Old Labour. They are, they tell us, rare and indeed unique occurrences.

    Well, that is not what happened on Anglesey a week last Saturday. The ‘Ynys Môn stitch-up’ was engineered by the modern Blairite wing of the party.

    On Anglesey, where a by-election is being fought, a local, very experienced, and well respected Trade Unionist – the former Cllr John Chorlton, failed to make the short list of candidates. However, three very weak candidates were put up along side Tal Michael – the blue eyed boy of Welsh Labour, and son of former Labour Minister, Alun Michael. This whole episode appears to have been choreographed by elements from within the New Labour regime.

    In fact, Tal Michael was being proclaimed as the candidate on Friday evening – the day before the official selection meeting!

    ‘Stitch-ups’ it appears, are endemic within the Party – and it is not just Unite and the Old Labour party that are involved in these shenanigans.

    Shame on you New Labour!

  65. 65

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