Unite announces general secretary election result

Unite announces general secretary election result

21 April 2017

Len McCluskey has been re-elected general secretary of Unite, the union announced today (Friday 21 April).

Votes cast in the election were as follows:

Ian Allinson 17,143
Gerard Coyne 53,544
Len McCluskey 59,067

Turnout in the election was 12.2 per cent.

Unite acting general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “I congratulate Len McCluskey on his victory and would urge the entire union to pull together in the interests of our members, and not least to work for a Labour victory in the General Election.

“The turnout in this important election can give no cause for satisfaction and, while the tone of the campaign will not have helped, the underlying reason remains the archaic and expensive balloting system imposed on trade unions by law. The sooner we can move to secure and secret workplace and online voting the better for union democracy.”

The result of the election will be formally declared on Friday 28 April, together with the results of the election for the Unite Executive Council, which has been held in parallel but which has yet to be counted.


For further information please contact Unite director of communications Pauline Doyle on 07976 832861 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

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.