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Race on for Unite leadership

Published 04/06/2010

The race to become the next leader of the UK's biggest trade union accelerated with five candidates seeking the support of over a million workers across the country.

Voting for the next general secretary of Unite will not start until October, but the candidates this week lobbied delegates at the union's annual conference in Manchester.

The front-runners, Len McCluskey and Les Bayliss, and the only woman candidate, Gail Cartmail, all held policy rallies.

The other two candidates, Jerry Hicks and Simon Dubbins, were also lobbying delegates for support.

Nominations will be sought in July and August, with each candidate requiring at least 50 branches to back them before they can stand.

Balloting of Unite's 1.4 million members will start on October 1, with the result due to be announced on November 1.

The union's current joint leaders Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley are both retiring.

Belfast Telegraph

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