Union OKs new leadership election

A fresh leadership election is to be held by one of the country’s biggest trade unions following an inquiry into allegations of irregularities.

A special conference of the GMB, which has more than 600,000 members, agreed to start the procedure for the election of general secretary under new rules.

The process will start this week, with the result expected in early June.

The union agreed to change rules to allow acting general secretary Paul Kenny to stand in the election.

Delegates heard a report into breaches of the union’s rules in the 2003 general secretary election which was won by Kevin Curran.

Curran stood down last year following allegations of irregularities in voting, although he has always maintained he did nothing wrong.

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