Responding to reports that John Spellar MP for Warely has reported Unite the union to the Trade Union Certification Officer, alleging that there are irregularities with some of Unite's branches, the union's acting general secretary Gail Cartmail said:
'John Spellar MP must explain how he came to be in possession of private branch and member details of Unite the union.
"His actions raise serious concerns that our membership data base has been illegally accessed, adding to concerns this union has already expressed about the outside interference in our democracy.
"Further, the claims Mr Spellar makes are totally wrong, as has been made clear by this union to the media.
"We are forced to conclude that this is another example of the extraordinary, unprecedented interference in this union's democracy by a group of West Midlands MPs.
"We will be asking the Trade Union Liaison Organisation to investigate thoroughly as this is a troubling development for all UK affiliated trades unions.
"Our members' data must be protected and their privacy respected. Unite will be instructing lawyers with immediate effect to inquire of Mr Spellar how he came to be in possession of the Unite database, and requiring him to deliver this data back to Unite without delay.
"We reserve our rights to report Mr Spellar to the Information Commissioner."
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.