Keir and loathing for the Labor leader's early retirement from the supportive union boss fear that his replacement could undermine him
- Unite's Len McCluskey is due to leave one year before his term ends
- The union has put Sir Keir Starmer under increasing pressure since the reins were taken over
- Potential successors have warned that they could even withdraw funds from the party
Sir Keir Starmer could face a major challenge for his leadership of the Labor party, as it turned out that the head of the Unite union should resign early.
Len McCluskey, a leading ally of Sir Keir's predecessor Jeremy Corbyn, has launched an election for a new secretary general, according to the Times, after he announced his resignation a year before his term in office ended.
Unite is Labor's largest donor and second largest union member and has put increasing pressure on the party leader since taking office in April.
Mr. McCluskey, dubbed "Red Len", yesterday accused members of Sir Keir's team of "shyness" for their approach to the economy, saying that any attempt to move the party from the left would result in "internal quarrels".
Len McCluskey, a leading ally of Sir Keir's predecessor Jeremy Corbyn, has sparked an election for a new Secretary General after announcing his resignation a year before his term in office ended
Unite previously declined to comment on rumors of its Secretary General's early exit, but confirmed yesterday for the first time that a successor would be elected sometime next year.
Mr. McCluskey succeeds Dave Prentis of Unison and Tim Roache of GMB as the third major union leader to confirm their departure in the past few weeks.
While these unions supported Sir Keir and controlled a number of seats on the party's national executive committee, candidates for the United Nations Prime Minister have suggested that relations with the leader could be difficult, and one even suggests that they get funds from the Party could withdraw.
During the leadership competition, it was Corbynite Rebecca Long Bailey who won the union's approval, despite Mr. McCluskey's subsequent comments that he largely supported Sir Keir.
The news of the Secretary General's departure was confirmed for the first time on Thursday by Deputy Secretary General and leadership favorite Howard Beckett.
Sir Keir Starmer could face a major challenge for his leadership of the Labor party, depending on the replacement of the Unite boss
In a Facebook event organized by the left website, The Canary, Mr. Beckett, who accused both Sir Keir and Boris Johnson of wanting to punish the working class during the pandemic, told members he wanted the "giants" path to be followed maintained. Mr. McCluskey.
He added that Labor would be deprived of funds if the party leader did not commit to every school operating a curriculum against racism.
The outgoing Secretary General is expected to leave in the next six to nine months, the Times said.
A Unite spokesman told the newspaper: "Len McCluskey's term will run until April 2022. Sometime in 2021, his successor will be elected by the Unite executive.
"We expect the electoral process to cover both the campaign period and the handover."