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Mar
2016
Thursday 3rd
posted by Morning Star in Britain

LABOUR chiefs have finally allowed two left-wing union leaders to rejoin the party.

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack and Public and Commercial Services union leader Mark Serwotka both applied to join Labour following the election of Jeremy Corbyn in September.

Mr Wrack was active in the Labour Party Young Socialists before going on to join the Socialist Party, which he had left by the time he was elected to lead the FBU in 2005. His union disaffiliated from Labour in 2004 but reaffiliated last November.

Mr Serwotka, whose union has never been affiliated, had previously lent his support to to the Greens and Respect but joined Mr Corbyn’s leadership campaign last summer.

Now Labour’s national executive has accepted membership applications from both men. A previous rumour that Mr Wrack’s constituency party in Leyton and Wanstead had objected to his application is thought to be untrue.

The executive also reversed the expulsions of several activists yesterday, some of whom were involved in far-left groups that work within Labour. But others have been expelled on similar grounds more recently.




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