Unite leadership candidate Howard Beckett suspended from Labor after saying Priti Patel “should be kicked out”

Unite leadership candidate Howard Beckett suspended from Labor after saying Priti Patel “should be kicked out”

A leadership candidate of one of Labor’s biggest union supporters has been suspended from the party after suggesting that Priti Patel should be “kicked out”, according to Sky News.

Howard Beckett, who is running for election as Unite’s new secretary general, was heavily criticized Thursday night for his tweets about the Home Secretary.

In a series of messages related to mass protests in Glasgow Earlier today, following the detention of two men by border officials, Mr Beckett said: “Priti Patel should be deported, not the refugees.

“She can go with anyone else who supports institutional racism. She is disgusting. “

Mr Beckett later deleted this tweet about the Home Secretary

Ms Patel was born in London to Indo-Ugandan parents who emigrated to the UK in the 1960s, just before Idi Amin’s decision to deport all Asians.

Mr Beckett, who was appointed to Labor’s ruling National Executive Committee last year, initially appeared to defend his tweet amid the anger of other Twitter users.

After a user wondered where the Unite candidate thought Ms Patel should be kicked out, Mr Beckett said: ‘Read the tweet. This is to refer to the racist agenda of the policies of the Conservatives. To say that there should be no place for racists in society. “

But Mr Beckett then deleted his original tweet and apologized.

“I’m so sorry for my previous tweet. I was angry to see Muslim refugees expelled on the morning of Eid Al Fitr, ”he said.

A Conservative source said: ‘We look forward to Labor’s swift condemnation of this despicable racism. “

Sky News understands that Mr Beckett has since been reported to police for a hate crime.

Mr Beckett is standing to replace outgoing Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey, who is stepping down after more than 10 years in this role.

Currently Deputy General Secretary, Mr. Beckett is seen as Mr. McCluskey’s alleged heir to lead the union, which is one of Labor’s biggest donors.

Conservative MP Steve Baker earlier called for a “robust response” from the Labor Party to the “extraordinary and utterly intolerable remark”.

A Labor spokesperson said: “The Labor Party takes these allegations very seriously and appropriate action will be taken.”

Under the new party rules, the office of Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer cannot interfere in an independent disciplinary process.

But Sky News has learned that disciplinary proceedings are expected to be underway quickly.

Priti Patel was born in London to Indo-Ugandan parents

Meanwhile, Mr Beckett has been told he is set to be sacked on Thursday after Unite and a blogger lost a £ 1.3million battle over legal fees.

The sum relates to lawyers’ bills presented by former Labor MP Anna Turley after successfully winning a libel case against Unite and blogger Stephen Walker.

A judge considered the issues relating to court costs in an online hearing Thursday about 18 months after the defamation battle ended.

He said Ms Turley won and therefore was entitled to have the losers pay her fees.

The judge was told Ms Turley initially claimed around £ 2million from lawyers but then agreed that Unite and Mr Walker should pay around £ 1.3million.

A spokesperson for Unite said after the hearing that the union and Mr Walker would be “jointly liable for legal costs.”

Commenting on the hearing, former Deputy Labor Party leader Tom Watson called for Mr Beckett – as Unite’s “lawyer” – to be sacked.


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