Len is right – Unite members are not queuing up to join Labour

  • 23 July, 2013
  • Politics
  • Polling

Len McCluskey, leader of the Unite union, told the Guardian last week that his members were “not queuing up to join the Labour Party”. This is quite a mild remark for a man not usually given to understatement. He added that he could not justify signing up a million of his members to Labour when a large chunk of them do not support the party.

A poll of Unite members I conducted last week shows his crisis of conscience (if that is what it is) to be well founded. The sample size was 712, giving a margin of error of 3.67% – only  fractionally more than for many nationally representative polls.

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