Steve Hart, Unite political director, is on a new project, and replaced by Jenny Fornby. He tweeted he was told he was too close to Labour.This follows the reports a couple of weeks ago that the non-affiliated PCS, a union led by Mark Serwotka, no supporter of the Labour Party, had given the green light to merger talks.
— Patrick Wintour (@patrickwintour) June 10, 2013
Given that Serwotka, who would very likely one day end up head of the merged union, is generally thought to be to the left even of Unite's current leader Len McCluskey, whom Miliband has recently shown willingness to stand up to over budget cuts, this surely means a rift is looking increasingly likely, as we warned here. Disaffiliation may not necessarily happen this side of an election, but open warfare of a 1980s variety certainly looks a strong possibility.
All in all, none of this is terribly good news for Labour.