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PM should apologise for disgraceful smear of union official

PM should apologise for disgraceful smear of union official

30 October 2013

The general secretary of Unite, Len McCluskey, has denounced comments made by David Cameron in today’s prime minister’s questions as a naked attempt to gain political advantage from the recent, troubling developments at Grangemouth.

Unite is furious about the prime minister’s misuse of parliamentary time to attack the union’s official, who resigned on Monday, Stevie Deans, as a “rogue operator ... who nearly brought the Scottish petrochemical industry to its knees.”

Len McCluskey said: “The prime minister's conduct today was disgraceful. He has abused parliamentary process in a naked attempt to gain political advantage from events at Grangemouth.

“Mr Deans served thousands of working people loyally for 25 years. The tragic truth - which the prime minister has no interest in - is that a decent man lost his job trying to protect the jobs of hundreds more.

“The prime minister's rush to smear a good and honourable man will appal decent-thinking people. It dishonours the office he holds and he should apologise at once.

“This is nothing more than political attack on trade unions and the working people they are proud to represent, for which David Cameron ought to be thoroughly ashamed.”

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Notes to editors: 

  • 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.