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Cameron challenged to repeat comments on Unite activis...

Cameron challenged to repeat comments on Unite activist outside Commons

31 October 2013

David Cameron has been challenged to repeat his comments about Unite’s former Grangemouth convener, Stevie Deans outside the House of Commons – without the protection of parliamentary privilege.

Unite, the largest union in the country, threw down the gauntlet to the prime minister as he continued to rail against Unite and Stevie Deans.

A Unite spokesperson said today (Thursday 31 October): "The Bullingdon bully who used parliamentary privilege to hound a decent trade unionist yesterday should not be lecturing others.  He should make those comments outside of the Commons and then see what the courts make of them.

"The prime minister's continued smearing of a decent man, Stevie Deans, who has lost his job and whose family are under siege - and who has done nothing wrong - shames his office.

"David Cameron should know that it was not union action which shut down the Grangemouth refinery, but management decision. 

“Unite is working to give that plant a future - statesmanship would involve trying to calm the situation, not to wind it up with provocative comments just because his attack dog  advisor Lynton Crosby tells him that's the advantageous thing to do."

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For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

  • 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.