Unite union leader, Len McCluskey, maintains he still backs Jeremy Corbyn claiming the mainstream media distorted the facts about what he said in an interview with the Daily Mirror.
In a tweet, Mr McClusky wrote, “Jeremy Corbyn continues to have my full support, he’s a genuine, decent man fighting for a fairer Britain – media headlines distort facts!”
Mr McCluskey, 66, is about to fight for his position as union leader, with challenger Gerard Coyne, campaigning aggressively. He recently labelled McCluskey as Corbyn’s “puppet master.”
Labour MPs who mounted a disastrous and failed coup against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn last summer, are backing Coyne heavily, and see it as a means of taking over the party converting it to a neo-liberal agenda.
Mr McCluskey has responded in kind to Coyne stating he was backed by “failed plotters” in the Parliamentary Labour Party, who want to “bring back Blairism.”
In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Mr McCluskey said, “Let’s suppose we are not having a snap election. It buys into this question of what happens if we get to 2019 and opinion polls are still awful.
“The truth is everybody would examine that situation, including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. These two are not egomaniacs; they are not desperate to cling on to power for power’s sake.
“It would appear as though he’s (Coyne) being used by the right wing of the Labour Party to try to have a proxy war about Corbyn.”
Polls about important issues such as Brexit and the U.S election were shown to be flawed as their data consistently showed the incorrect result.
In the interview McCluskey did expose Coyne’s deliberate misrepresentation of the facts. He said, “He claims that I decided that Unite should support Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in 2015 and 2016. Yet the truth, as he is well aware, is that in 2015 this was a decision of our elected lay Executive Council, and in 2016 of our 600-strong Policy Conference, by a vast majority.
“To claim otherwise is to disrespect our membership and our democracy, while asserting that our union is a political ‘puppet master’ panders to the worst anti-Labour stereotypes of the media.”
The battle for Unite continues.