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“Shame on you”? What’s really going on with Corbyn, Labour and the Unions

Rumours of a growing divide between activists and union bosses are overstated. But there are issues to be worked out—and they cut to the heart of party democracy

By Richard Seymour  

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks following a meeting to confirm the Communication Workers Union's support for Corbyn during the Labour leadership contest, at Hamilton House in London.

At one point, it seemed the big news from Labour conference was going to be that the constituency activists and unions differ significantly on priorities.

Admittedly, this isn’t really news at all. The Momentum leadership unwisely staked a bid for the national secretary post on this very difference.

The schism, though, worried Len McCluskey, who declared himself “slightly shocked” by…

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