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RMT union elects new leader

The man who served as deputy to rail union leader Bob Crow for 12 years has been elected his successor following the sudden death of the union legend earlier this year.

Mick Cash, 54, beat four rivals in a ballot to become the new general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union.

Mr Cash, who has been a member of the RMT and its predecessor National Union of Railwaymen for 35 years, stood in as acting general secretary after Mr Crow died in March.

He is more moderate than his rivals for the post, but is regarded as a vastly experienced negotiator who has won some hard-fought agreements for union members.

Watford-born, he has spent all his adult life in the railways, working as a railway engineer before becoming a union official.

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