Unite the union today (Thursday 10 June) confirmed that the four candidates seeking nomination in the election for the union’s general secretary election have all secured sufficient nominations to be eligible for inclusion in the ballot.

Branch and workplace nominating meetings were held between May 6 and June 7. Under Unite’s rules candidates had to receive nominations from at least 5 per cent of the branches and workplaces eligible to nominate to be included in the ballot. This amounted to 172 valid nominations.

The numbers of valid nominations received by each candidate are as follows:

Howard Beckett        328

Gerard Coyne           196

Sharon Graham       349

Steve Turner             525

The final total may vary slightly from these figures as outstanding issues regarding the validity of some nominations are resolved.

Ballot papers will be dispatched to more than one million Unite members from July 5, and the result will be declared on August 26. The election follows the decision of Len McCluskey to stand aside from the role of general secretary to which he was first elected in 2010.

Howard Beckett and Steve Turner are assistant general secretaries of Unite, and Sharon Graham is executive officer for organising and leverage. Gerard Coyne is a former regional secretary for the West Midlands.

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