No re-run of Unite election as regulator dismisses cla...

No re-run of Unite election as regulator dismisses claims against Len McCluskey

27 October 2014

The Certification Officer has dismissed attempts to force a re-run of the election which saw Unite general secretary Len McCluskey elected to hold office until 2018.

Following hearings earlier this month, the Certification Officer, the trade union regulator, rejected claims by Unite member Jerry Hicks, the other candidate in Mr McCluskey's 2013 re-election contest, relating to the eligibility of some members to vote in that election.

The challenge centred on claims of supposed 'phantom votes' cast, but this was overwhelmingly dismissed by the Certification Office who ruled against Mr Hicks on the substantial issues he had complained about.

Commenting, a Unite spokesperson said: "Unite was always confident that we had acted within the rules of our union and the law at all times.

"We are pleased that the certification officer has dismissed the key claims against Unite and we hope that media who gave such credence to claims of `phantom votes' will now give this legal decision comparable attention.

"Unite's members have had to endure repeated - and as we now are clear, baseless - smears against their union. With this decision our union's integrity is upheld, and our focus on the vital task of standing up for working people can continue."

The decision by the Certification Office concludes a year of legal proceedings on the matter.


For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.

Notes to editors: 

  • 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.