Unite Scotland statement on the Falkirk Constituency Labour Party (CLP) selection by Pat Rafferty, Scottish regional secretary:
“That Unite did nothing wrong in the Falkirk CLP is now a matter of fact. This was made clear by the Labour Party last week (Friday, September 6, 2013) and more importantly by Police Scotland earlier last month.
“Despite this, two Unite members, Stephen Deans and Karie Murphy, continue to be misrepresented by the media.
“This campaign of mis-information is nothing other than a deliberate attempt to besmirch the reputation of Unite and our members by those who are pursuing an ill-conceived agenda.
“It has to stop and this recklessness has now brought Unite to the point where we have no other option but to take action against any persons or papers alleging misconduct by any party or person of this union in relation to Falkirk.
“There are clearly those who refuse to accept that Unite has done nothing wrong but their on-going efforts to smear our union is causing untold trauma to innocent people and their families.
“These allegations and assertions – wrong to the core – impact on real people’s lives. Livelihoods and reputations are being put at risk because some people are determined to pursue an agenda in the teeth of evidence to the contrary. It’s unacceptable.
“Our message is clear: Unite and our members have been vindicated. It is time others accepted this and moved on.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland's largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.