Sir Ken loses out in Amicus leader election

first_img Comments are closed. Sir Ken loses out in Amicus leader electionOn 23 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Sir Ken Jackson, a close ally of Prime Minister Tony Blair, has lost theleadership of union Amicus. Jackson, seeking re-election, lost to left-winger Derek Simpson who becomesnew joint general secretary. Simpson won on the fourth recount by just 406 votes. He polled 89,521 votesto Jackson’s 89,115. More than 400 ballot papers were void. A spokesman for the GMB union said the vote was part of a swing away fromNew Labour occurring across the union movement. Simpson, a former member of the Communist Party, has been a Labour Partymember for the past 10 years. He has said he is not a “Blairite” but”not anti-Blair either”. He said he wants parity with the euro-zone on employment legislation andplans to press the Government for legislation to protect employee pensionschemes. read more