Union candidate pays a flying visit

Unite Jerry Hicks.

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A WOULD-be general secretary of Britain’s biggest trade union paid a flying visit to South Tyneside on the eve of a crucial election ballot.

Jerry Hicks is up against incumbent Len McCluskey for the leadership of the Unite union, which represents about 1.5 million members nationwide, including transport and health staff.

Mr Hicks, 56, from Bristol, was on a whistle-stop tour of the country to drum up support for his campaign, after finishing second in the last two elections for general secretary.


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